|Institutions||University of California, San Diego;
|Alma mater||Rochester Institute of Technology;
|Notable awards||MacArthur Fellows Program|
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.
- 2005 MacArthur Fellows Program 
- 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
- The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933, MIT Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-262-70106-8
- The Architecture of Science, Peter Galison, Emily Thompson (Eds.) MIT Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-262-07190-1
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.
- "Book Review", American Historical Review, June 2003
- "Interview with MacArthur "Genius" Winner Emily Thompson", History News Network, Jamie Rodriguez, 1-23-06