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- Ph.D. in History of Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
- Science and Technology Policy, History of Twentieth-Century Science
Buhm Soon Park is Professor of the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy. He completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in history of science at Seoul National University and received his Ph.D. in history of science from the Johns Hopkins University. He spent several years at the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a historian of biomedical sciences and research policy before coming to KAIST in 2007.
Park specializes in the history of twentieth-science and the development of national science policy. His historical research focuses on the culture of theorization in various disciplinary contexts. He has analyzed the origins and meanings of such theoretical constructs as analogies, metaphors, rules, hypotheses, and approximations on the borderland of physics, chemistry, and biology. His policy research includes the role of bureaucracy in modern science, techno-nationalism and techno-globalism, and the civic space for scientific debates. He has examined the policy development of American biomedicine after World War II, the formation of the Korean nuclear bureaucracy, and the environmental and nuclear debates in Korea of the 1980s.
Park is author of numerous articles on the history of quantum chemistry, the development of the National Institutes of Health, and the emergence of technocracy in Korea. He has recently coedited with Youngsoo Bae the book, Bridging the Technology Gap: Historical Perspectives on Modern Asia (Seoul National University Press, 2013).
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Between Accuracy and Manageability: Computational Imperatives in Quantum Chemistry," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 39 (2009), pp. 32-62
"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
"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
"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
- Graduate Courses
- Survey in Science and Technology Policy Download
- History of Modern Science
- Biomedical and Health Policy
- Science and Nationalism