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.
University of Maryland
College Park Scholars
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.
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
- Matthew Brown
- Matthew Cohen
Proton Exchange Membrane
- Michael Brunetto
- Ann Frolov
- Yen Lai
- Sarani Mukherji
- Ryan Swann
- Max Zbarskiy
Molten Carbonate, Solid Oxide, Glossary
- Jeff Deaner
- Steve Frey
- Larry O'Connor
- Matthew Brown
- Matthew Cohen
- Keith Gary
National Museum of American History
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:
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.
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
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.
SLOAN PROJECT LINKS
Most of the links below will take you to sites that are not on the Smithsonian server.
Activating any of these links should open the target site in a new browser window.
Just close that new window to return to the Fuel Cell website.
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.