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Freeman Award for “Making Europe”

October 20, 2014

I’m trying to catch up here with recent events, and one of the most important is certainly the unexpected news that our book series Making Europe: Technology and Transformations, 1850-2000 (6 books, published 2013-2015) was recently named the winner of the Freeman Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). On behalf of the Making Europe team, series editor Johan Schot received the award at the EASST conference held in Torun, Poland, in late September. Thirteen authors have contributed to the Making Europe book series. Together with Arne Kaijser and Erik van der Vleuten I have written the volume Europe’s Infrastructure Transition: Economy, War, Nature (to be published in early 2015).

The Freeman Award is given in recognition of a publication that reflects a significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation. The prize is awarded by EASST in honour of Chris Freeman, who passed away a few years ago. I personally never got the chance to meet Freeman, but I recall that he actually reviewed my book The Dynamics of Innovation in Eastern Europe in connection with its publication in 2005. I also took inspiration from much of his work on innovation in historical perspective, and used it in my teaching.

Read more about the Making Europe project here!

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