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Paul E. Ceruzzi

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Washington, USA

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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