Trevor Pinch

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Trevor J. Pinch
Born(1952-01-01)1 January 1952
Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland
Died16 December 2021(2021-12-16) (aged 69)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Bath
Academic work
Notable worksConfronting Nature
Notable ideasSocial Construction of Technology (SCOT)

Trevor J. Pinch (1 January 1952 – 16 December 2021) was a British sociologist, part-time musician and chair of the science and technology studies department at Cornell University.[1] In 2018, he won the J.D. Bernal Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science for "distinguished contributions to Science and Technology Studies over the course of [a] career."[2]

Life and career[edit]

Pinch was born in Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland on 1 January 1952.[3][4] He held a degree in physics from Imperial College London and a PhD in sociology from the University of Bath.

He taught sociology at the University of York before moving to the United States. Together with Wiebe Bijker, Pinch started the movement known as Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) within the sociology of science.

Pinch died from cancer, four years after his initial diagnosis, on 16 December 2021 at the age of 69.[5]


Pinch was a significant contributor to the study of sound culture, and his books include a major study of Robert Moog. His book Confronting Nature is widely considered the definitive sociological account of the history of the solar neutrino problem, and was mentioned by Raymond Davis in his 2002 Nobel Prize autobiography.[6]


  • Pinch, Trevor; Bijker, Wiebe E.; Hughes, Thomas P. (1987). The social construction of technological systems: new directions in the sociology and history of technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262022620.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Mulkay, Michael; Ashmore, Malcolm (1989). Health and efficiency: a sociology of health economics. Milton Keynes England Philadelphia: Open University Press. ISBN 9780335099122.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Gooding, David; Schaffer, Simon (1989). The uses of experiment: studies in the natural sciences. Cambridge England New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521337687.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Collins, Harry M. (1998) [1993]. The golem: what you should know about science (2nd ed.). Cambridge England New York City: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107604650.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Collins, Harry M. (2014) [1998]. The golem at large: what you should know about technology (6th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107688285.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Trocco, Frank (2002). Analog days the invention and impact of the Moog synthesizer. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674016170.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Oudshoorn, Nellie (2005). How users matter the co-construction of users and technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262651097.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Collins, Harry M. (2005). Dr. Golem how to think about medicine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226113692.

Chapters in books[edit]

Journal articles[edit]

Russell, Stewart (May 1986). "The social construction of artefacts: a response to Pinch and Bijker". Social Studies of Science. 16 (2): 331–346. doi:10.1177/0306312786016002008. S2CID 144072557.


  1. ^ "Pioneering professor Trevor Pinch dies at 69". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  2. ^ Lucy Suchman; Lesley Green; Wen-Hua Kuo; Margarita Rayzberg (2018). "Bernal Prize". Archived from the original on 6 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Pinch, T. J. (Trevor J.)". Library of Congress. Retrieved 12 February 2015. data sheet (b. 1-1-52)
  4. ^ "Christopher Ober and Trevor Pinch named to department chairs at Cornell, Cornell Chronicle". Cornell University. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ Glaser, Linda B. (20 December 2021). "Pioneering professor Trevor Pinch dies at 69". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Raymond Davis Jr. – Biographical". Nobel Media AB 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

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