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Professor Lorraine Daston

Humanitas Visiting Professor in the History of Ideas 2012-13

Professor Lorraine Daston is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Her books include Classical Probability in the Enlightenment (1988) and (with Katharine Park), Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 (1998), both of which of which were awarded the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society, as well as Eine kurze Geschichte der wissenschaftlichen Aufmerksamkeit (2000), Wunder, Beweis, Tatsache: Zur einer Geschichte der Rationalität (2001), Objectivity (2007, with Peter Galison). 

She is a Fellow of the the American Academy of  Arts and Sciences, Corresponding Member of the British Academy, and Member of both the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Leopoldina Academy of Sciences. In 2010 she was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2012 the History of Science Society's Sarton Medal.

Lorraine Daston was educated at Harvard (AB 1973) and Cambridge (Dipl 1974) Universities, and received a PhD in the History of Science from Harvard (1979). She has taught at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, the University of Göttingen, and the University of Chicago and held visiting positions at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the University of Vienna, and Oxford University (Isaiah Berlin Lectures in the History of Ideas).



14/1/13 - Inaugural Lecture - Nature's Revenge: A History of Risk, Responibility, Reasonability and Reasonableness

16/1/13 -Syymposium - The New History of Scientific Experience: Observing, Experimenting, Collecting, Representing and Reading in Early Modern Europe

17/1/13 - In Conversation - Writing the History of Reason