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The original version of this website was designed and built by members of the College Park Scholars STS program under the direction of Dr. Shelley Sperry of the University of Maryland. Additional research and site production was performed by Harold Wallace of the National Museum of American History. Funding was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

College Park
National Museum of
American History
Sloan Foundation
Project Websites

University of Maryland
College Park Scholars

The College Park Scholars program at the University of Maryland is a special two-year program for academically talented students. The program encourages those who share common intellectual interests to study together in courses organized around common themes.

STS at the University of MarylandTheScience, Technology & Society theme promotes scientific and technological literacy by giving students an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of science and technology. It also gives students in scientific and technical disciplines a wider understanding of the social implications of their studies.

The Webship, Fall Semester 1999
Instructor: Dr. Shelley Sperry
Teaching Assistant: Jonathan Black

Original Website Design
    Main Page
  • Johny John
  • Matthew Brown
  • Matthew Cohen
    Proton Exchange Membrane
  • Michael Brunetto
  • Ann Frolov
  • Yen Lai
    Alkali, Phosphoric
  • Sarani Mukherji
  • Ryan Swann
  • Max Zbarskiy
    About Us
  • Yen Lai
    Molten Carbonate, Solid Oxide, Glossary
  • Jeff Deaner
  • Steve Frey
  • Larry O'Connor
    Origins, Development
  • Matthew Brown
  • Matthew Cohen
  • Keith Gary


Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History

The Electricity Collections are a part of the museum's Division of Work and Industry, and preserve the history of electrical science and technology. The collections encompass: electrostatics, lighting devices, motors, appliances, power generation and transmission equipment, masers and lasers; and communications technology such as telegraphy, magnetic recording, telephony, radio, and television.

Fuel Cell Project:

  • Original Principal Investigator: Dr. Bernard S. Finn, Curator Emeritus
  • Current Principal Investigator & Site Producer: Dr. Harold D. Wallace, Jr., Curator
  • Site Editing: Robert D. Selim

In addition to the Fuel Cell Project, other on-line presentations of the Electricity Collections include:

The Chip Collection provides a wealth of information about the microelectronics holdings (both object and archival) at the museum.

Edison After Forty explores the latter half of Edison's life, showing how he attempted to juggle public and family obligations while striving to build on his earlier inventive successes.

Lighting A Revolution examines the process of invention by comparing Edison's late 19th-century lighting work with the works of selected 20th-century lighting inventors.

Lighting The Way is a Sloan project site for collecting post-1970 materials relevant to lighting history, particularly the development energy-efficient lighting.

Powering a Generation of Change documents the on-going history of electric power deregulation in North America.

The Science Service Historical Image Collection a searchable research collection of 600 black-and-white images of assorted electrical technologies with their original captions as they appeared in period publications.

The Underwater Web: Cabling the Seas presents a history of undersea communications from the first successful submarine cable of 1851 to today's complex fiber-optic systems.


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

This project was funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which is also sponsoring several other project teams at universities and professional institutes around the country. The Sloan Foundation seeks to foster a better understanding of the history of science and technology. Their goal for this project is to determine the utility of the Internet for gathering, rather than simply presenting, historical materials.


Please note:
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These links are provided for educational purposes and for the convenience of those visiting the Smithsonian Fuel Cell website. Listing of a link does not constitute an endorsement of a site or its content by the Smithsonian Institution.


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