Paul E. Ceruzzi

Curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ceruzzi received a B.A. from Yale University and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, both in American Studies. Before joining the National Air and Space Museum, he was a Fulbright scholar in Hamburg, Germany, and taught History of Technology at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He is the co/ author of several books on the history of computing and aerospace technology: Reckoners: The Prehistory of The Digital Computer (1983); Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age (1989); Smithsonian Landmarks in the History of Digital Computing (1994); A History of Modern Computing (1998); and Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner (2008). His current research and exhibition work concerns the use of computers for long-range space missions. Dr. Ceruzzi has curated or assisted in the mounting of several exhibitions at NASM, including “Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age,” “The Global Positioning System: A New Constellation,” “Space Race,” “How Things Fly,” and the James McDonnell Space Hangar of the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, at Dulles Airport. He is currently working on a new exhibit on space navigation, scheduled to open at the National Air and Space Museum in 2010.

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