Ken Alder headshot
Current Member

Ken Alder

Affiliation

Historical Studies

Field of Study

History of Science

Home Institution

Northwestern University

During his year at the IAS, Ken Alder will be working on his book project, "Lives of the Machines," a history of technology in the form of ten memoirs by artificial beings—from a Sumerian balance-weight to the genomics revolution—each of which casts light on the human beings who designed, made, and used it.

Dates at IAS

Member
School of Historical Studies
current

Degrees

Harvard University
Ph.D.
1991

Honors

2012
Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
2010-11
Guggenheim Fellow

Appointments

Northwestern University
Professor of History