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.

Projects: 

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

Forthcoming:

  • 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 die...do they? February 3, 2011

Publications

“Ralph Baer: An Interactive Life.” Human Behavior & Emerging Technologies 1, no. 1 (January 2019), 18–25. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbe2.119
"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: https://doi.org/10.1353/tech.2018.0011
"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.