Eric S. Hintz

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution

    Eric S. Hintz, PhD is an historian with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. He served as a curator for the Places of Invention exhibition, which opened on July 1, 2015.  He also produces the Center’s annual symposium series; coordinates its fellowship and grant programs; and assists in the collection of historically significant artifacts and documents.  Eric received his PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.  His research interests include the history of science and technology and US business and economic history; he specializes in the history of invention and R&D. He has discussed his work on MSNBC and National Public Radio; his publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Technology & Culture, the Business History Review, Enterprise & Society, and Research-Technology Management. Eric is currently working on a book that considers the changing fortunes of American independent inventors from 1900-1950, an era of expanding corporate R&D.

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Committee Service

Emerging Scholars Committee (2015 to 2018) (chair 2017 to 2018)

Doctoral Colloquium Participation

Doctoral Colloquium 2007, Cleveland, Ohio