Society for the History of Technology
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. 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. 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. Ten years later, Professor Kranzberg was also instrumental in the founding of a sister society, the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) in 1968. The two societies complement each other.
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