Lorraine Daston has been director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin since 1995, where she heads the department “Ideals & Practices of Rationality.” She has published on a wide range of topics in the history of science, including the history of probability and statistics, wonders in early modern science, the emergence of the scientific fact, scientific models, and the history of scientific objectivity. Recent books include Against Nature (2018) and the edited volume Science in the Archives (2017). She is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Dan David Prize and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Princeton University. In addition to her directorship at the MPIWG, she is a regular visiting professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and a permanent fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
As of January 2019