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was a professor of history at Case Western Reserve University
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from 1952 until 1971. He was a Callaway professor of the history of technology at Georgia Tech
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from 1972 to 1988.
Born in St. Louis
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, Dr. Kranzberg graduated from Amherst College
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, received a master's and a PhD from Harvard College
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and served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He received a Bronze Star for interrogating captured German prisoners and learning the location of Nazi gun emplacements. He was one of two interrogators out of nine in Patton's army that were not killed during the conflict.
Kranzberg is known for Kranzberg's laws of technology
Melvin Kranzberg's six laws of technology state:#Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.#Invention is the mother of necessity.#Technology comes in packages, big and small....
, the first of which states "Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral
He was one of the founders of the Society for the History of Technology
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in the US and long-time editor of its journal Technology and Culture
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. Kranzberg served as president of the society from 1983 to 1984, and edited the society's journal from 1959 to 1981, when he turned it over to Robert C. Post of the Smithsonian Institution. The society awards a yearly $4000 fellowship named after Kranzberg to doctoral students engaged in the preparation of dissertations on the history of technology. The award is available to students all over the world.http://shot.press.jhu.edu/Awards/kranz.htm