Emily Thompson

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Emily Thompson
Born 1962
Nationality American
Fields aural historian
Institutions University of California, San Diego;
Princeton University
Alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology;
Princeton University
Notable awards MacArthur Fellows Program

Emily Ann Thompson (born 1962) is an American aural historian. She teaches at Princeton University.[1] [2] [3]

She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Physics in 1984, and from Princeton University, with a Ph.D. in the history of science in 1992. She was Associate Professor of History at University of California, San Diego, from 2005 to 2006.[4][5][6]


  • 2005 MacArthur Fellows Program [7]
  • 2005 Edelstein Prize sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
  • 2004 Marc-August Pictet Prize presented by The Societe de Physique et d'Histoire Naturelle (SPHN) de Geneve
  • 2003 John Hope Franklin Book Award presented by the American Studies Association
  • 2002 Science Writing Award in Acoustics for Journalists, presented by the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2003 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics



Emily Thompson's book is a welcome addition to this growing body of literature. The book shows how American scientists and engineers, in the early twentieth century, developed tools and techniques to measure and control the behavior of sound. As these men gained technological mastery over physical environments, they transformed the nation's aural landscape and brought a new sense of uniformity and efficiency to daily life.[8]


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