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Lorraine Daston

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Lorraine Daston is director emerita at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

She has published broadly on topics in the history of science, including probability, statistics, objectivity, and the moral authority of nature. Her most recent publications include ‘Against Nature’ (MIT Press, 2019), ‘Science in the Archives’ (University of Chicago Press, 2017), and ‘How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind: The Strange Career of Cold War Rationality’ (2014) as well as articles on long-term international scientific collaborations, nuclear reactor insurance, and the history of calculation.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, a corresponding member of the British Academy and the recipient of the Sarton medal of the History of Science Society, the Lichtenberg medal of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, and the Dan David prize.

Photo credit: Johan Wahlgren for SCAS