Charles E. Rosenberg

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Born in New York City in 1936, Charles Ernest Rosenberg graduated with a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956 and received his M.A. and PhD degrees from Columbia University in 1957 and 1961. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1961 until 1963 when he joined the University of Pennsylvania’s faculty, becoming a professor in 1968; he chaired the Department of History in 1974-75 and 1979-83, and the Department of History and Sociology of Science in 1991-95. In 2001, he moved to Harvard University where he has been Professor of the History of Science and Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences. He is now emeritus. Rosenberg was acting chairman of Harvard’s history of science department in 2003–2004.

Rosenberg has written widely on the history of medicine and science; his books include
Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866, The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau: Psychiatry and Law in the Gilded Age, No Other Gods: On Science and American Social Thought, The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America’s Hospital System, Explaining Epidemics and Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now.

He received the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) and the George Sarton Medal (for lifetime achievement) from the History of Science Society. He has served as president of the AAHM, of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (UK), on the executive board of the Organization of American Historians and on the council of the History of Science Society and of the AAHM. He has been awarded fellowships by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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