Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Senior Fellow from april - september 2010
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger studied philosophy and biology in Tübingen and Berlin. He received his M.A. in philosophy in 1973, his Ph.D. in biology in 1982, and his habilitation in molecular biology in 1987. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Lübeck, Germany, and Associate Professor at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Since 1997, he is a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Hans Jörg Rheinberger has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and of the Collegium Helveticum in Zürich. He is honorary professor at the Institute for Philosophy and History of Science of the Technical University Berlin, a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences, a member of Leopoldina, the German Academy of Natural Scientists, and a doctor honoris causa at the Federal Polytechnical Institute in Zurich.

Fields of research
History and epistemology of experimentation in the life sciences; history of scientific objects; drawing and writing as research techniques; spaces of knowledge; the cultural history of heredity.