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The Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize

The Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize (formerly the IEEE Life Members' Prize in Electrical History) is supported by the IEEE Life Members' Fund and administered by the Society for the History of Technology. The prize is awarded annually to the best paper in the history of Jon R. Lindsayelectrotechnology—power, electronics, telecommunications, and computer science—published during the preceding year (pictured is 2011 winner Jon R. Lindsay, at right, with then-SHOT president Ron Kline at left). Any article published in a learned periodical is eligible if it treats the art or engineering aspects of electrotechnology and its practitioners. The article must be written in English, although the journal or periodical in which it appears may be a foreign language publication. The prize consists of a cash award of $500 and a certificate. To nominate an article, please send a copy of the paper to each member of the prize committee. Deadline is 15 April.

For more information, please contact the committee chair or David Lucsko, SHOT Secretary, shotsec@auburn.edu.


2014 Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize Committee

Hyungsub Choi (2014-2016)
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul 151-744 Korea
hchoi1@snu.ac.kr

Maja Fjaestad (2012-2014)
Division of History of Science and Technology
Royal Institute of Technology
SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden maja.fjaestad@abe.kth.se

Bernard Geoghegan, Chair (2013-2015)
Schoenleinstr. 24
10967, Berlin
Germany
betweenfloors@gmail.com


Previous Recipients of the Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize

2013 Rachel Plotnick, "At the Interface: The Case of the Electric Push Button, 1180-1923," Technology and Culture 53 (2012): 815-845
2012
Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan, "From Information Theory to French Theory: Jakobson, Levi-Strauss and the Cybernetic Approach," Critical Inquiry  38 (Autumn 2011)
2011
Jon R. Lindsay, "War Upon the Map: User Innovation in American Military Software," Technology and Culture 51 (July 2010): 619-651
2010
Ross Bassett, "Aligning India in the Cold War Era," Technology & Culture 50 (October 2009): 783-810
2009
David Rooney and James Nye, "Greenwich Observatory Time for the Public Benefit: Standard Time and Victorian Networks of Regulation," British Journal for the History of Science 42 (2009): 5-30
2008
Hyungsub Choi, "The Boundaries of Industrial Research: Making Transistors at RCA, 1948-1960," Technology and Culture 48 (October 2007): 758-782
2007
Eden Medina, "Designing Freedom, Regulating a Nation: Socialist Cybernetics in Allende's Chile," Journal of Latin American Studies 38 (2006): 571-606
2006
Martin Collins, "One World . . . One Telephone: Iridium, One Look at the Making of a Global Age," History and Technology 21 (September 2005): 301-24
2005
Richard Hirsh, "Power Struggle: Changing Momentum in the Restructured American Electric Utility System," Annales historiques de l'électricité (June 2004): 107-123
2004
Kristen Haring, "The 'Freer Men' of Ham Radio: How a Technical Hobby Provided Social and Spatial Distance," Technology and Culture 44 (2003): 734-761
2003
David Kirsch and Gijs Mom, "Visions of Transportation: The EVC and the Transition from Service- to Product-Based mobility," Business History Review 76 (2002): 75-110
2002
Stuart W. Leslie, "Blue Collar Science: Bringing the Transistor to Life in the Lehigh Valley," HSPS 32 (2001): 71-113
2001
David A. Mindell (MIT), "Opening Black's Box: Rethinking Feedback's Myth of Origin," Technology and Culture (July 2000)
2000
Richard J. Noakes, "Telegraphy is an Occult Art: Cromwell Fleetwood Varley and the Diffusion of Electricity to Other Worlds," British Journal for the History of Science 32 (1999): 421-59
1999
Trent A. Mitchell, "The Politics of Experiment in the Eighteenth Century: The Pursuit of Audience and the Manipulation of Consensus in the Debate over Lightning Rods," Eighteenth-Century Studies 31 (1998): 307-331
1998
Robert G. Arns, "The High-Vacuum X-Ray Tube: Technological Change in Social Context," Technology and Culture 38 (October 1997)
1997
Larry Owens, "Where are We Going, Phil Morse? Changing Agendas and the Rhetoric of Obviousness in the Transformation of Computing at MIT, 1939-1957," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 18 (1996)
1996
Sungook Hong, "Forging Scientific Electrical Engineering: John Ambrose Fleming and the Feranti Effect," Isis 86 (1995)
1995
Kenneth Lipartito, "When Women Were Switches: Technology, Work, and Gender in the Telephone Industry," American Historical Review 99 (1994)
1994
Ellen B. Koch, "In the Image of Science? Negotiating the Development of Diagnostic Ultrasound in the Culture of Surgery and Radiology," Technology and Culture 34 (1993)
1993
William McBride, "Strategic Determinism in Technology Selection: The Electric Battleship and U.S. Naval-Industrial Relations," Technology and Culture 33 (April 1992)
1992
Donald MacKenzie, "Influence of the Los Alamos and Livermore National Laboratories in the Development of Supercomputing," Annals of the History of Computing 13 (1991)
1991
Michael Ben-Chaim, "Social Mobility and Scientific Change: Stephen Gray's Contribution to Electrical Research," British Journal for the History of Science 22 (1990)
1990
J. Samuel Walker (U.S. Dept of Energy), "Nuclear Power and the Environment: The Atomic Energy Commission and Thermal Pollution, 1965-1971," Technology and Culture 29 (October 1989)
1989
W. Bernard Carlson (University of Virginia), "Academic Entrepreneurship and Engineering Education: Dugald C. Jackson and the MIT-GE Cooperative Engineering Course, 1907-1932," Technology and Culture 29 (July 1988)
1988
Ron Kline, "Science and Engineering Theory in the Invention and Development of the Induction Motor, 1880-1900," Technology and Culture 28 (1987): 283-313

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