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Buhm Soon Park

Buhm Soon Park

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Buhm Soon Park is Professor of History of Science and Policy at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS). His current research explores policy issues at the intersection between science, law, and international governance by examining two cases: first, the development of nuclear transparency as a technical and legal tool for implementing nuclear non-proliferation; second, the debates over social, economic, and environmental implications of synthetic biology at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) under the auspice of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

Buhm Soon received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1999, and subsequently spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He has been working on wide-ranging topics, such as the history of quantum chemistry, the transformation of the NIH and biomedical sciences after World War II, and the history of science policy in East Asia. He is most interested in developing multi-disciplinary perspectives from history of science, STS, and public policy.


Buhm Soon Park, Taemin Woo, and Youjung Shin, Basic Science in Society: Institute for Basic Science and the New Ecology of Knowledge (Seoul: Hanwool, 2016) (in Korean)

Youngsoo Bae and Buhm Soon Park, eds, Bridging the Technology Gap: Historical Perspectives on Modern Asia (Seoul: Seoul National University Press, 2013)