Peter Thompson is a historian of science, technology, and environment whose work focuses on chemical protection technologies in 20th century Germany. As a Haas Postdoctoral Fellow at the Science History Institute, he will continue working on his book project entitled “Grasping for the Mask: German Visions of Chemical Modernity, 1915–1938,” which provides a cultural history of the German production and use of poison gas and the gas mask between World War I and the Holocaust.

Peter earned his PhD at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where his work was supported by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Siebel Scholars Program, and the Fulbright Program. His research has most recently appeared in Central European History, German Studies Review, and History and Technology.