European history of computing - history of programming languages
technology and politics
Assistant Professor of Informatics Computing
Indiana University, Bloomington
Eden Medina is Assistant Professor of Informatics and Computing and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. Medina's research uses technology as a means to understand historical processes and she combines the history of technology, Latin American history, and science and technology studies in her writings. She is the author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press, 2011). The book tells the history of the Chilean Cybersyn Project, an early computer network designed to regulate Chile's economic transition to socialism during the government of Salvador Allende. She uses the Cybersyn history to illustrate how political innovation can spur technological innovation, the ways that political projects shape the design, function, and use of computer systems, and how computers have been used historically to bring about structural changes in society. Medina has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the American Council for Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Charles Babbage Institute, the Mellon Foundation, and the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology. In 2007 she received the IEEE Life Members' Prize in Electrical History. She currently serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.
UW - Madison
Web and mobile accessibility, digital media history, user interfaces, digital divides and access.
Political History of the Computer
University of Virginia
2011-12 Tomash Fellow. Interested in intersection of political/policy history and history of computing.
Mainframing America: Computers, Systems, and the Transformation of U.S. Policy and Society, 1940-1985
Curator of Mathematics
The Smithsonian Institution
Peggy Aldrich Kidwell presently looks after the mathematics and computer collections at the National Museum of American History. She is much interested in the history of adding and calculating machines, mathematics education and mathematical recreations.
Computer simulations and computer-aided engineering methods
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
University of South Carolina
My main interests are in the historical development of simulation and CAE/CAD/CAM software for use by engineers and scientists. I am particularly interested these tools in the desktop-computing/PC-era (i.e., ~1990-present).
History of information infrastructure
Professor of Information and History
School of Information, Science, Technology & Society Program, University of Michigan
Paul Edwards writes and teaches on the history, politics, and culture of computers, information infrastructure, climate science, and global data networks. His current research involves comparative study of scientific cyberinfrastructure projects, especially in climate science. He is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010); Clark Miller and Paul N. Edwards, eds., Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001); The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996); and Peter J. Taylor, Saul E. Halfon, and Paul N. Edwards, eds., Changing Life: Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies, Commodities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997).
History of Interactions between computers and the physical sciences
Allan's research focuses on the role of the computer in the natural sciences, particularly physics and astronomy. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the scientific career of astronomer, IBM researcher and computer pioneer Wallace J. Eckert (1902-1971) in the fall of 2010 and received his degree from the University of Toronto in 2011. He is now focusing his research on the role of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in celestial mechanics in the later half of the 20th century. He also has interests in the early history of computers in the 1940s and 50s, the use of calculating machines in science in the pre-computer era, especially IBM machines in the 1930s and 40s, the practice and culture of computation in science in the pre-computer era, and the history of IBM. Finally Allan also has an interest in the philosophical implications of the computer's use in science.
History of Information systems, ICTs and regional development
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
History of Computing particularly in New Zealand. In 2010 I completed my PhD research which evaluated the contribution that ICTs make to regional development, by researching the development of ICT networks in two regions of New Zealand between 1985 and 2005. In 2010 I edited a book, "Return to Tomorrow: 50 years of computing in New Zealand" to mark the 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Computer Society. I am currently collecting some oral histories from key figures in NZ computing.
History of technology generally; personal computing
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
I am interested in users of technology as well as the consumption of representations of technology. I have just published "User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers," about the steep learning curves that have accompanied the adoption of machines by consumers. Another volume, "Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight," which I edited, also just appeared, focusing on the experience of those who flew, whether as pilots or passengers.
History of Computing
Joy studies the history of digital technologies, primarily the history of computing, focusing on the post-World War II era in the United States. Her dissertation examines how 1960s and 1970s users of time-sharing systems experienced individualized, interactive computing, balancing a study of user experiences with an analysis of the technologies that enabled those experiences. Her work addresses the multiple contexts in which personal computing arose, as well as business history, gender and technology, and computing and the human experience. Joy is also interested in the history of biotechnology, math and science education, science and technology policy, and maps of all kinds. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she double-majored in mathematics and history. After college, Joy enjoyed a successful career launching educational programs ranging from an online ESL website to online Advanced Placement courses for high school students, a career that brought her from Boston to Portland, Oregon to Durham, North Carolina and Geneva, Switzerland. Joy attained her master’s degree at Duke University, concentrating in the history and sociology of science.
Media Theory, History of Information, 20th Century Literature
Carnegie Mellon University
Cultural history-heritage studies
Universiry of Athens, Department od Education, Laboratoty or Science Didactics nad Epistemology and of Educational Technology
Hellenic History of Computing and calculating apparatus
evolution of the minicomputer
Curator of Education/Ph.D. student
Living Computer Museum/Information School, University of Washington
Timesharing and emergent interactive computing, early evolution of HCI, operating system design and emergence, programming languages, multigenerational information systems.
Reader in Design
Sheffield Hallam University
Social and Cultural histories of personal and mobile computing
Sociology, STS, Infrastructure
philosophy of media
Institute of Culture Studies Pozna?
philosophy of media, philosophy of technics, cyberculture