Lorraine Daston

Lorraine Daston has studied and worked at some of the most prestigious academic institutions in Western academia including Harvard, Oxford, the University of Chicago, and the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science. Although (sadly!) we have never shared our main place of work, she and I happen to share the same home town of East Lansing, Michigan (USA).

Scientific objectivity has a history. Objectivity has not always defined science. Nor is objectivity the same as truth or certainty, and it is younger than both.

– L. DASTON & P. GALISON, Objectivity (2007)

I credit Datson for helping me learn how to shift many of the core tenets of rationality from their traditional role as indisputable resources to that of inspectable and accountable topics. Her lucid and penetrating histories of wonder (Daston & Park, 1998), objectivity (Daston & Galison, 2007), scientific observation (Daston & Lunbeck, 2011), and reason (Daston et al., 2013), for example, have inspired a number of the projects–both curricular and research–that I’ve undertaken in science education.

Place of Work | Max Plank Institute for the History of Science
Title | Director, Department II (Ideals and Practices of Rationality)
Academic webpage | https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/users/ldaston