Profile profile for bedij

Research Specialties: 

History of invention, history of photography, new media

Role in Museum: 

Historical research and writing; managing the Lemelson Center website; developing public programs and exhibitions; co-editor of Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation book series published by MIT Press.


Exhibitions for the Lemelson Center:

  • Inventive Minds: Sporting Inventions (2017-2018)
  • Inventive Minds: Inventing Green (2016-2017)
  • Places of Invention (2015-)
  • Inventive Minds: Everyone Is Inventive (2015-2016)
  • Hot Spots of Invention showcase exhibit (2009-2012)
  • Toying with Invention (2008–2012)
  • Sporting Invention showcase exhibit (2008–2009, 1999-2001)
  • The Inventive Side of Nobel showcase exhibi t(2001-2002)
  • Nobel Voices: Celebrating 100 Years of the Nobel Prize (2001)
  • Who Invented the Environment? showcase exhibit (1999)
  • The Colors of Invention showcase exhibit (1997-1998)
  • Everyday Inventions showcase exhibit (1995-1997)

Exhibitions at other museums:

  • Flashes of Inspiration: The Work of Harold Edgerton, MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998-2008)
  • Never Stop Learning: The Life and Legacy of Harold Edgerton, Strobe Alley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997-ongoing)
  • Hugging Red Hannah: Corporal Punishment in New Castle, New Castle (Del.) Historical Society, (1991-1992)
  • From Inventor to Scientist: Elihu Thomson, 1885-1910, Swampscott (Mass.) Administration Building (1986-1987)
  • Edison after the Electric Light: The Challenge of Success traveling exhibition, National Museum of American History, (1986-1989)
Professional Affiliations: 
Society for the History of Technology
National Council on Public HIstory

Blog Posts

Technicolor sets the scene October 10, 2012
Squishy gunk in tubes March 2, 2011
Tools never they? February 3, 2011


"Hollywood, California (1930s)" and "Fort Collins, Colorado (2010s)." In Places of Invention, edited by Arthur Molella and Anna Karvellas. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015, forthcoming.

Companion book to the Places of Invention exhibition.

Inventing for the Environment. Co-edited with Arthur Molella. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.

An anthology of essays on the role of invention in mitigating environmental issues.