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Dr Carsten Timmermann

MSc, MA, PhD


My first degree was in biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin. I also took a series of history courses and got interested in the history of science. When working as a research assistant at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, 1993-1995, I audited course modules in the Science Studies Programme at University of California, San Diego. I was hooked. I then enrolled for an MA in History and Social Anthropology of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester (1995-1996, supported by a Wellcome Trust Studentship) and in 1999 completed a PhD, also at the University of Manchester, on Weimar Medical Culture: Doctors, Healers and the 'Crisis of Medicine' in Interwar Germany (again supported by a Wellcome Trust Studentship).

Since 1999, I have worked at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. I have been a frequent visitor, sometimes for longer periods, at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin and have collaborated closely with colleagues in continental Europe, the United States and Canada. I have taught a variety of courses in the history of medicine and the life sciences. I have also taught courses dealing with the historiography of science, technology and medicine for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I am Chair of the Society for Social History of Medicine and Editor of h-sci-med-tech, the Network for scholars who apply humanities methods to the study of Science, Medicine and Technology.

Recent Book: A History of Lung Cancer: The Recalcitrant Disease
Read reviews in: British Journal for the History of Science, Isis, Lancet Oncology, Social History of Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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