Stathis Arapostathis

Dr. Stathis Arapostathis

Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology at the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens.


Tel: +30 210 7275583

Research Interests:

- History and Politics of IP in Science and Technology

- Historically informed policy on IP

- Governance of Science and Technology

- Institutions, Experts and IP

- Law, Science and Technology


I studied Physics and then completed a DPhil in Modern History (History of Technology) in the University of Oxford. Currently, I am Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the University of Athens. I research and teach on: the history and politics of intellectual Property; the historically informed policies in knowledge management in private and public sectors; the history and sociology of experts in intellectual property institutions (patent offices, law courts, patent agencies, consultancies etc); law, science and technology interelations in electrical, chemical, agriculture and parmaceutical industries; innovation

and science studies (with an emphasis on knowledge management); governance of technology and innovations; cultural history of engineering and engineering ethics. For more details, see attached CV.

Recent Books

Patently Contestable Electrical Technologies and Inventor Identities on Trial in Britain

(British Society for the History of Science Pickstone book award 2014)

The image of the lone inventor has long had a powerful hold on the public

imagination.  But who really invented the light bulb, or the telephone, or radio?

As Stathis Arapostathis and Graeme Gooday show in their incisive study of

controversies in the British electrical  industry, the answer was rarely simple and

often hotly disputed. By examining, in  concrete detail, fundamental questions

concerning invention, patents, and what came  to be called ‘intellectual property,’

Arapostathis and Gooday shed light on issues  whose significance reaches far

beyond the history of technology.

Bruce J. Hunt, University of Texas, USA