W. PATRICK MCCRAY
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93106-9410
Professor, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara; affiliate appointments with UCSB’s Media Arts and Technology Program as well as UCSB’s Global and International Studies Program; Co-Principal Investigator for NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society.
University of Arizona, Ph.D. (1996), Materials Science and Engineering/Anthropology; (dissertation: “The Culture and Technology of Glassmaking in Renaissance Venice”). University of Pittsburgh, M.S. (1991), B.S. (1989), Materials Science and Engineering.
- Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor, California Institute of Technology, 2011-2012.
- Co-Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, 2005-2007.
- Associate Historian; Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2000-2003.
- The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future (Princeton University Press, 2013).
- Keep Watching the Skies! The Story of Operation Moonwatch and the Dawn of the Space Age (Princeton University Press, 2008).
- Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambitions and the Promise of Technology (Harvard University Press, 2004).
- Glassmaking in Renaissance Venice: The Fragile Craft, (Ashgate Press, 1999).
RECENT FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, AND HONORS
- Lindbergh Chair, National Air & Space Museum, to be held 2015-2016.
- Fellow, American Physical Society, elected 2013.
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected 2011.
- Eleanor Searle Visiting Professorship, California Institute of Technology, 2011-2012.
RECENT ARTICLES AND ESSAYS
- “How Astronomers Digitized the Sky,” Technology and Culture, forthcoming 2014.
- “From L-5 to X-Prize: California’s Alternative Space Movement” in Blue Sky Metropolis: Aerospace and Southern California, Peter J. Westwick and William Deverell, eds., University of California Press, 2012.
- “California Dreamin’: Visioneering the Technological Future,” in Minds and Matters: Technology in California and the West, Volker Janssen, ed., University of California Press, 2012.
- “‘Globalization with Hardware’” ITER’s Fusion of Technology, Policy, and Politics,” History and Technology, 26, 4 (2010): 281-310.
- “From Lab to iPod: A Story of Discovery and Commercialization in the Post-Cold War Era,” Technology and Culture, 50, 1 (2009): 58-81.
- “Amateur Scientists, the International Geophysical Year, and the Ambitions of Fred Whipple.” Isis 97, 4 (2006): 634-658; reprinted in Science and the American Century: Perspectives on Science, Technology, and Medicine, edited by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt and David Kaiser, University of Chicago Press, forthcoming, 2012.
- “Will Small Be Beautiful? Making Policies for Our Nanotech Future.” History and Technology 21, 2 (2005): 177-203; reprinted in Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future, edited by Deborah Johnson and Jameson Wetmore (MIT Press, 2008), p. 323-354.
Society for the History of Technology, History of Science Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for the Social Studies of Science, American Physical Society.