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PhD, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
MA, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1996

Eric S. Hintz is a historian with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He curates exhibits; produces the Center’s annual symposium series; coordinates the Center’s fellowship programs; and assists in the collection of historically significant artifacts and documents. Prior to becoming a historian, Eric worked in the Bay Area as a technology consultant for Accenture, a leading services firm.

Research Specialties: 
  • invention, innovation, and R&D
  • U.S. business-economic history
  • high-tech clusters and economic geography
  • science, technology, and invention in sports
  • science, technology, and religion (especially Catholicism)


  • Game Changers (re: invention-technology in sports, expected 2022)
  • My Computing Devices
  • Places of Invention
  • American Enterprise
  • HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago

Convener: Conferences and Symposia

  • Religion and Innovation, April 2019
  • Video Games and Interactivity, November 2018
  • Something Ventured: Risk & Failure in Invention & Innovation, October 2016
  • Can Innovators Be Made? A Dialogue on Innovation Expertise, March 2015
  • Inventing the Surveillance Society, October 2013
  • Political Machines: Innovations in Campaigns and Elections, November 2012
  • Moving Beyond Earth: Innovations in Space, November 2011
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Smithsonian Excellence in Exhibitions Award, for Places of Invention (2017)
  • Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibitions, for Places of Invention, Society for the History of Technology (2016)
  • Finalist, Herman E. Krooss Dissertation Prize, Business History Conference (2011)
  • Levinson Prize (best unpublished manuscript), Society for the History of Technology (2007)
  • K. Austin Kerr Prize (best debut paper), Business History Conference (2007)
Professional Affiliations: 
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Business History Conference
  • Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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