Newsletter of the Mercurians, in the Society for the History of Technology

Volume 10 No. 1, November 1997

Mercurial Matters

1998 in Baltimore

Mercurian's Activities

News of the Field in Brief

Spread Spectrum

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Joseph Henry, Radio Pioneer

Book Reviews
Media and Revolution

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 Mercurians' Activities

Amy L. Fletcher's current research focuses on the political history of information technology in advanced industrialized states. She is especially interested in the way that differing political-economic arrangements affect the development of technical systems. She received the doctorate in political science from the University of Georgia in June 1997 and began full-time research/teaching at Western Illinois University in August. She welcomes dialogue with other social scientists and historians who are interested in bridging disciplinary divides in the study of technology.

Gary Frost is an electronic engineer turned historian. He is writing a dissertation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the sociotechnical origins of FM radio, from about 1900 into the 1950s. His interests lie in the social construction of new technologies, especially from the perspective of the hands-on, in-the-trenches creators, who usually are inventors and engineers.


Rebecca Raines works at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Her professional interests include the organizational history of Army units, with the Signal Corps being her special area of expertise. She has written Getting the Message Through: A Branch History of the U.S. Army Signal Corp, which was published in 1996.


Aristotle Tympas received the 1997-1998 IEEE Fellowship in the History of Electrical Technology. He is writing his dissertation in the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of History, Technology, and Society. His research focuses on the relationship between analog and digital computing as a case by which to study the meaning of computing demarcations. .