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The Society for the History of Technology
, or SHOT
, is the primary professional society for historians of technology. Founded in 1958, its flagship publication is the journal Technology and Culture
Technology and Culture is a quarterly academic journal founded in 1959. It is an official publication of the Society for the History of Technology, whose members routinely refer to it as "T&C." Besides scholarly articles, the journal publishes reviews of books and museum exhibitions. Occasionally,...
. SHOT is an affiliate of the American Historical Association and publishes a joint booklet series with the AHA, Historical Perspectives on Technology, Society, and Culture, under the editorship of Dr. Pamela Long and Dr. Robert Post. The history of technology was traditionally linked to economic history and history of science, but its interactions are now equally strong with environmental history, gender history, business history, and labor history. SHOT annually awards two book prizes, the Edelstein Prize and the Hacker Prize, as well as the Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship and the Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship. Its highest award is the Leonardo Da Vinci Medal.
SHOT owes its existence largely to the efforts of Professor Melvin Kranzberg
Melvin Kranzberg was a professor of history at Case Western Reserve University from 1952 until 1971. He was a Callaway professor of the history of technology at Georgia Tech from 1972 to 1988....
. Ten years later, Professor Kranzberg was also instrumental in the founding of a sister society, the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC
The International Committee for the History of Technology , was founded at a meeting of the International Congress on the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Paris in the summer of 1968. Its founding was the brainchild of Melvin Kranzberg, Professor of the History of Technology at Case...
) in 1968. The two societies complement each other.