Hans-Jörg Rheinberger studied philosophy and biology in Tübingen and Berlin. He was a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin (1978-1990), Assistant Professor at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science, University of Lübeck (1990-1994), and Associate Professor at the Institute for Genetics and General Biology, University of Salzburg (1994-1996). Since 1997, he has been the Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
Professor Rheinberger has published numerous research papers in molecular biology and history of science. His books include: ëExperiment, Differenz, Schriftë (Basiliskenpresse, Marburg 1992); ëToward a History of Epistemic Things. Synthesizing Proteins in the Test Tube1 (Stanford University Press, Stanford 1997). He is co-editor, together with P. Beurton and Raphael Falk, of ëThe Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution. Historical and Epistemological Perspectives1 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2000).