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Merritt Roe Smith

Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology, 1994 - present

 

Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology, 1994 - present

 

Merritt Roe Smith
Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology
Undergraduate faculty advisor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Housemaster, Burton-Conner, 2004 – present

Merritt Roe Smith is the Leverett and William Cutten professor of the history of technology and a contributing author to Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision, a book edited by Professor David Kaiser and published by the MIT Press in collaboration with the MIT150 program. Professor Smith is a former director of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society and one of the architects of MIT's doctoral program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology, which he also directed for many years. A former Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, Professor Smith served as president of the Society for the History of Technology and received the Leonardo da Vinci medal, the society's highest honor. He is a housemaster at Burton-Connor, one of the largest MIT dormitories. 

Highlights from this interview include:

  • The story of the founding of MIT and its early years.
  • Tensions between Harvard University and MIT.
  • The history of women and student life at MIT.
  • The creation of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.
  • Creating a new kind of American history textbook focused on the impact of technology.

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