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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, and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program. His research explores policy issues at the intersection between science, law, and governance from historical and comparative perspective. He currently works on the imaginaries of biomedicine in the U.S., focusing on the history of the NIH, and examines the debates over new and emerging technologies like synthetic biology and genome editing in East Asia.

He received his Ph.D. in history of science from the Johns Hopkins University, and spent several years at the NIH as a postdoctoral fellow. He has publications in wide-ranging topics, such as the history of quantum chemistry, NIH intramural programs, and science policy in East Asia.


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)

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