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Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Emeritus Scientific Member (Since 2014)

Dr., Honorarprofessor für Wissenschaftsgeschichte an der TU Berlin, Dr.h.c. ETH Zürich, MPIWG Director 1997-2014

The main focus of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s research lies in the history and epistemology of experimentation in the life sciences. By bridging the gap between the study of history and contemporary cutting-edge sciences, such as molecular biology, his work represents an example of transdisciplinarity as emerging in the present knowledge-based society. The Swiss-born scientist studied philosophy and biology in Tübingen and Berlin, Germany. He received his MA in philosophy in 1973, his PhD 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 has been 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 the Leopoldina, the German Academy of Natural Scientists, and a doctor honoris causa at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

 

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A Cultural History of Heredity

MEHR

Experimentalization of Life

MEHR

Generating Experimental Knowledge: Experimental Systems, Concept Formation and the Pivotal Role of Error

MEHR

Knowledge in the Making. Drawing and Writing as Research Techniques

MEHR

Landscapes of Experimentation. Heredity Research in Early Twentieth-Century Germany

MEHR

Selected Publications

Rheinberger, H.-J. (2018). Nationales und Internationales, Lokales und Globales in der Geschichte der Molekularbiologie. In J. Balcar, & N. Balcar (Eds.), Das Andere und das Selbst: Perspektiven diesseits und jenseits der Kulturgeschichte; Doris…

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Rheinberger, H. J. (2018). In den Werkstätten der Zukunft. Philosophie-Magazin, (2), 54-55.

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Rheinberger, H.-J., & Müller-Wille, S. (2018). The gene: from genetics to postgenomics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2017). Wissenschaften sind veränderliche Kulturtechniken. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, (03.08.).

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Veranstaltungen

Institutskolloquium

On Materiality and Epistemic Things

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