Trevor Pinch

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Trevor J. Pinch
Born (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952 (age 67)
Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Bath
Academic work
Notable worksConfronting Nature
Notable ideasSocial Construction of Technology (SCOT)

Trevor J. Pinch (born 1 January 1952),[1] is a British sociologist, part-time musician and former chair of the Science and Technology Studies department at Cornell University. 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]

Early life[edit]

Pinch was born in Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland.[3]


He has 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.


He is a significant contributor to the study of Sound culture, and his books include a major study of Robert Moog.

Pinch's 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.[4]


  • 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]

  • Pinch, Trevor; Kline, Ronald (1999) [1985], "The social construction of technology", in MacKenzie, Donald; Wajcman, Judy (eds.), The social shaping of technology (2nd ed.), Buckingham England Philadelphia: Open University Press, pp. 113–115, ISBN 9780335199136.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Bijker, Wiebe E. (1987), "The social construction of facts and artefacts: or how the sociology of science and the sociology of technology might benefit each other", in Pinch, Trevor; Bijker, Wiebe E.; Hughes, Thomas P. (eds.), The social construction of technological systems: new directions in the sociology and history of technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 17–50, ISBN 9780262022620.
  • Pinch, Trevor; Ashmore, Malcolm; Mulkay, Michael (1992), "Technology, testing, text: clinical budgeting in the UK National Health Service", in Bijker, Wiebe E.; Law, John (eds.), Shaping technology/building society: studies in sociotechnical change, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 265–289, ISBN 9780262521949.
  • Pinch, Trevor (1996), "The social construction of technology: a review", in Fox, Robert (ed.), Technological change: methods and themes in the history of technology, Amsterdam, Holland: Harwood Academic Publishers, pp. 17–35, ISBN 9789057023378.
  • Pinch, Trevor (2001), "Why do you go to a piano store to buy a synthesizer: path dependence and the social construction of technology", in Garud, Raghu; Karnøe, Peter (eds.), Path dependence and creation, Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 381–399, ISBN 9780805832723.

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.


  1. ^ "Pinch, T. J. (Trevor J.)". Library of Congress. Retrieved 12 February 2015. data sheet (b. 1-1-52)
  2. ^, retrieved 19 February 2018
  3. ^ "Christopher Ober and Trevor Pinch named to department chairs at Cornell, Cornell Chronicle". Cornell University. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Raymond Davis Jr. – Biographical". Nobel Media AB 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

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