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박범순, Buhm Soon Park
Buhm Soon Park 박범순
  • Professor
  • Ph.D. in History of Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
  • History of Science, Basic Science Policy, Science and Law
  • parkb@kaist.edu

Biography

Buhm Soon Park is Professor in KAIST’s Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy where he served as the founding director from 2008 to 2015. He completed B.S. in chemistry at Seoul National University and received his Ph.D. in history of science from the Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a DeWitt Stetten Jr., fellow and an associate historian for several years before joining KAIST. He spends his sabbatical year of 2017 as a senior visiting research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS).

Park’s current research explores policy issues at the intersection between science, law, and governance from historical and comparative perspective. He is working on the book project that explores imaginaries of biomedicine in twentieth-century America, focusing on the historical development of the NIH. He also studies the recent debates over new and emerging technologies like synthetic biology and genome editing in East Asia, and examines science and democracy by analyzing the Korean democratization movement of the 1980s from the perspective of scientists, medical doctors, and lawyers.

Park has publications in wide-ranging topics, such as the history of chemistry, the history of biomedicine, nuclear history and policy, and basic science policy in Korea.

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Selected Publications

    • "The Development of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health after World War II," Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 46 (2003), pp. 383-402

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    • "The 'Hyperbola of Quantum Chemistry': The Changing Practice and Identity of a Scientific Discipline in the Early Years of Electronic Digital Computers, 1945-1965," Annals of Science 60 (2003), pp. 219-247

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    • "In the 'Context of Pedagogy': Teaching Strategy and Theory Change in Quantum Chemistry," in Pedagogy and the Practice of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, edited by David Kaiser (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005), pp. 287-319

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    • "Disease Categories and Scientific Disciplines: Reorganizing the NIH Intramural Program, 1945-1960," in Biomedicine in the Twentieth Century: Practices, Policies, and Politics, edited by Caroline Hannaway (Washington, D.C.: IOS Press, 2008), pp. 27-58

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    • "Between Accuracy and Manageability: Computational Imperatives in Quantum Chemistry," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 39 (2009), pp. 32-62

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    • Bridging the Technology Gap: Historical Perspectives on Modern Asia (Seoul: Seoul National University Press, 2013), eds. with Youngsoo Bae

    • "Technonationalism, Technology Gaps, and the Nuclear Bureaucracy in Korea, 1955-1973," in Bridging the Technology Gap, eds. Youngsoo Bae and Buhm Soon Park (Seoul: Seoul National University Press, 2013), 153-197

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    • "The Landscape of Post-ELSI Methodologies: The Governance of Synthetic Biology and 'Undone Social Science'," Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 2014, 14(2): 87-130 (in Korean), with Taemin Woo

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    • Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development (London: University of Westminster, 2015), with Simon Joss et al.

    • Science and Technology Policy: Theories and Issues (Seoul: Hanwool, 2015) (in Korean), eds. with So Young Kim 『과학기술정책: 이론과 쟁점』

    • "The Gatekeeper's Dilemma: The Changing Relationship between Science and Law after the Introduction of the Daubert Standard," Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 2015, 15(1): 215-244 (in Korean), with Sungeun Kim

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  • Basic Science in Society: Institute for Basic Science and the New Ecology of Knowledge (Seoul: Hanwool, 2016), with Taemin Woo and Youjung Shin, 『사회 속의 기초과학: 기초과학연구원과 새로운 지식 생태계』

  • “Artificial, All Too Natural: Synthetic Biology and Transhumanism in the Post-Genomic Era,” Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 2016, 16(2): 33-63 (in Korean), with Taemin Woo

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  • “The Governance of Human Biological Materials: The Issue of Donors’ Rights in the Instiutitonalization of National Biobank of Korea,” Bioethics Policy Research, 2016, 9: 45-77 (in Korean), with Miyih Shin

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Courses

Graduate Courses
  • History of Modern Science  Download
  • Biomedical Research and Policy  Download
  • Biomedical and Health Policy
  • Science and Nationalism
Undergraduate Courses