Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Park Hyung Wook

Associate Professor
School of Humanities
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65923565
Office: HSS-05-14(HIST)

  • PhD University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 2009
  • MSc Seoul National University 2001
  • BSc (Biology) (High Hons) Yonsei University 1996
I was trained as a historian of science and medicine at the University of Minnesota. After earning my doctoral degree in 2009, I got my first job as a lecturer in the history of medicine at the University of Durham, England. After a year, I moved to the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea as an assistant professor, and then came to join the NTU faculty in 2012. My area of expertise is the history of the biomedical sciences and medicine in the modern world, including the problem of aging, the body, cross-disciplinary communication, and the definition of normality in clinical studies. In addition to my research and teaching, I enjoy swimming, hiking, and bicycling.
Research Interests
History of Biomedical Science and Medicine
History of the Body
History of Aging and Gertontology
Korean Science and Medicine
Current Projects
  • Aging and Immunity: A Historical Research on Gerontology and Immunology in the United States and the United Kingdom, 1900-1960
  • Constructing Failure: Tissue Culture and Tissue Transplantation in Twentieth Century Biomedicine
  • Crafting Seoul National University Hospital: Healthcare, Medical Modernity, and Their Techno-Cultural Construction
Selected Publications
  • Hyung Wook Park. (2018). Guest Editor's Introduction: Understanding Creationism in Korea. International Journal of Korean History, 23(2), 1-11.
  • Hyung Wook Park. (2018, April). Failure: A Topic in STS. Paper presented at HASS Research Sharing Day, Orchard Hall, Campus Club House, NTU, Singapore.
  • Park Hyung Wook. (2018, March). God’s Biologists: Creationism and the Life Sciences in South Korea. Paper presented at NTU Medical Humanities Cluster Monthly Seminar, HSS Conference Room, NTU, Singapore.
  • Hyung Wook Park. (2018). Managing failure: Sir Peter Brian Medawar’s transplantation research. Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, 72(1), 75-100.
  • Park Hyung Wook. (2018, March). Paradox of Longeivty. Paper presented at New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course, Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

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