Profile profile for bedij

Research Specialties: 

History of invention, history of photography, new media

Role in Museum: 

Lead editor of Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation book series published with MIT Press; historical research and writing.


Exhibitions at the National Museum of American History:

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)

Books in the Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series


  • American Bridge, by Gregory Dreicer
  • Every American an Innovator: How Innovation Became a Way of Life, by Matthew Wisnioski
  • Reinventing the Wristwatch: From a Mechanical to an Electronic World, by Carlene Stephens
  • Sensual Science: Expertise, Craft and Chemical Invention in Global Perfumery, by Galina Shyndriayeva
  • The Synthetics Revolution, by Regina Lee Blaszczyk

Blogs on the Lemelson Center website:


Professional Affiliations: 
Society for the History of Technology

Blog Posts

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


“Ralph Baer: An Interactive Life.” Human Behavior & Emerging Technologies 1, no. 1 (January 2019), 18–25.
"Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century by Karen A. Rader, Victoria E. M. Cain (review)." Technology and Culture 59, no. 1, January 2018, 168-169. DOI:
"Movies Meet the Rainbow." In Blaszczyk, Regina L. and Spiekermann, Uwe (eds.) Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture. Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017:133-148.

An overview of the invention of Technicolor.

"Hollywood, California (1930s)" and "Fort Collins, Colorado (2010s)." In Molella, Arthur and Karvellas, Anna (eds.), Places of Invention. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015, 156–201.

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.