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On the outskirts of physics: Eva von Bahr as an outsider within in early twentieth century Swedish experimental physics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2009 (English)In: Centaurus, ISSN 0008-8994, E-ISSN 1600-0498, Vol. 51, no 1, 12-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Eva von Bahr (1874–1962) got her doctorate in experimental physics at the Physics Institute atUppsala University in 1908. Subsequently she became the first woman assistant professor in physics inSweden. In the face of many obstacles, she worked as a physicist for six years in Uppsala and Berlin. In1914 she took a position as a school teacher. This article explores von Bahr’s trajectory through academicexperimental physics. It is argued that network connections with male scientists enabled her work. Herassociations were a mix between institutional relationships and informal connections, resulting in what islabeled a ‘hybrid of connections’. Furthermore it is argued that von Bahr became an ‘outsider within’ inacademic experimental physics. Her connections created openings, but these coexisted with hindrances. Itis argued that von Bahr oscillated between being an insider and an outsider which created a fractured identity.Her position and identity was a mix between membership and non-membership. Through examiningvon Bahr’s career this article aims to bring together historical research on women in science and theoreticalwork in science studies. Furthermore, the article argues the analytical value of feminist perspectiveson scientific collaborations as a way to a deeper understanding of the network structures of science.

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2009. Vol. 51, no 1, 12-36 p.
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Gender Studies History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-111803DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0498.2008.00136.xISI: 000208278700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-111803DiVA: diva2:282903
On the outskirts of science: Women as outsiders within Swedish science 1900-1950
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