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  • Awards

NASA Fellowship

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by SHOT and supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) History Division, funds either a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellow for up to one academic year to undertake a research project related to the history of space technology. The fellowship supports advanced research related to all aspects of space history leading to publication on the history of space technology broadly considered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management. The 2016 award went to Michelle Grisé of Yale University, for “What Makes the Nation Strong? Space, Atomic Energy, and Scientific Development in Pakistan, 1947–1990,” with the following citation:

Michelle Grisé’s work is an innovative project that promises to move the historical narrative of the “space race” far beyond the traditional bifurcated story of merely a cold war competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. Her “global history” approach, via a case study of the Pakistani space program—specifically the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)—is the type of groundbreaking work that will help us significantly expand our perceptions and interpretations of the history of space exploration.

Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship

This award is in memory of the cofounder of SHOT, and honors Melvin Kranzberg’s many contributions to developing the history of technology as a field of scholarly endeavor and SHOT as a professional organization. The $4,000 award is given to a doctoral student engaged in the preparation of a dissertation on the history of technology broadly defined and may be used in any way chosen by the winner to advance the research and writing of that dissertation. The 2016 fellowship was awarded to Nandita Badami of the University of California, Irvine, for “Harnessing the [End Page 206] Sun: Solar Technologies and the Politics of Energy in India, 1870–1990,” with the following citation:

The prize committee is pleased to announce Nandita Badami as the winner of the 2016 Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship. A Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, Badami plans to use the funds to complete research for her dissertation, “Harnessing the Sun: Solar Technologies and the Politics of Energy in India, 1870–1990.” In her work, Badami examines the fortunes of solar power in both colonial and post-colonial India. Employing an interdisciplinary approach that draws from both technological history and cultural anthropology, Badami demonstrates how, at different historical moments, solar energy represented a contested field as various interests lobbied to promote or condemn its use. Badami employs debates about the use of solar power to demonstrate the competing strategies. And she also shows that this was more than simply a deliberation between experts and the public; both groups found themselves divided as they discussed not only what India’s future should be but how best to realize that vision.

Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Technology, usually awarded every other year, honors the contribution of Brooke Hindle to the work of the Society for the History of Technology. Made possible thanks to the great generosity of the Hindle family, the fellowship is for $10,000 and may be used for any purpose connected with research or writing in the history of technology for a period of not less than four months during the year following the award. The 2016 fellowship was awarded to Gerardo Con Díaz of Yale University for “Intellectual Property Law and the History of Computing.” The citation follows:

The 2016 Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded to Gerardo Con Díaz (Department of History, Yale University) for “Intellectual Property Law and the History of Computing.” Dr. Con Díaz will use the fellowship for archival research on two related projects. One is to expand his dissertation on software patenting in the United States to include software patents in other countries, and to turn that dissertation, “Intangible Inventions,” into a book on patents and intellectual property protection more globally.

The second book project, Mask Work: Intellectual Property and the History of Semiconductor Chips, will use intellectual property law as...


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