Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Director Emeritus, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin.
Honorary Professor, Technische Universität Berlin

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger holds an MA in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Freie Universität
Berlin. He was a scientific employee at the Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik in Berlin,
Lecturer at the Universität zu Lübeck, Associate Professor at the Universität Salzburg, and from 1996
to 2014, Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin. He has held visiting
posts at, among others, Stanford University, ETH Zurich, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme
and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and the Graduate University for Advanced
Studies in Hayama. He has been a Fellow at, among others, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the
Collegium Helveticum in Zurich, and the IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in

Among his books are Toward a History of Epistemic Things: Synthesizing Proteins in the Test Tube (1997),
An Epistemology of the Concrete: Twentieth-Century Histories of Life (2010), On Historicizing Epistemology:
An Essay
(2010), and A Cultural History of Heredity (2012, with Staffan Müller-Wille).

Rheinberger holds a doctor honoris causa from ETH Zurich. He is a Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-
Gesellschaft as well as an Ordinary Member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
and of the the Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina.

At SCAS, Rheinberger will work on the epistemology of Ernst Cassirer during the years of his Swedish exile.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2016-17.