Charles E. Rosenberg

Charles E. Rosenberg

Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus
Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences
Charles E. Rosenberg

Charles E. Rosenberg has written widely on the history of medicine and science and is best known for his Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 (Chicago, 1962, new edition, 1987); The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau. Psychiatry and Law in the Gilded Age (Chicago, 1968); No Other Gods. On Science and American Social Thought (Johns Hopkins, 1976, new and expanded edition, 1997); The Care of Strangers.


The Rise of America’s Hospital System (Basic Books, 1987); Explaining Epidemics (Cambridge, 1992); and Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now (Johns Hopkins, 2007), He has also co-authored or edited another half-dozen books and is currently at work on a history of conceptions of disease during the past two centuries.

Rosenberg is a recipient of 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 and Society for the Social History of Medicine (UK) and 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 (twice), and the Rockefeller Foundation.  He is a member (and council member) of the American Philosophical Society, Institute of Medicine, and fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His editorial responsibilities have included a term as editor of Isis, the History of Science Society journal, and editor of series at Cambridge University Press (on the social history of medicine) and the Johns Hopkins University Press (on the history of disease).

At the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught from 1963-2000, Professor Rosenberg advised almost fifty doctoral students and served as chair of both the departments of History and the History & Sociology of Science. He served as acting chair of Harvard’s History of Science department in 2003-4.

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