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Barton C. and Sally L. Hacker Nuclear History Collection, 1938-2002

Biographical Note

Sally L. Hacker was professor of sociology at Oregon State University until her untimely death in 1988. Before she joined the OSU faculty, she spent two years as a Mellon Fellow at MIT. Earlier she had held a research position at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a teaching position at Drake University in Des Moines. Integrating sociological research with feminist activism, she pioneered the unified study of gender, technology, and militarism.

A collection of her published and unpublished writings edited by Dorothy E. Smith and Susan M. Turner was published posthumously as "Doing It the Hard Way": Investigations of Gender and Technology (Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990). Smith introduced the selections with excerpts from interviews conducted with Sally during her final year of life. Also published posthumously was Sally’s groundbreaking magnum opus: Pleasure, Power, and Technology: Some Tales of Gender, Engineering, and the Cooperative Work Place (Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989; reprinted London and New York: Routledge, 1992).

Barton C. Hacker is Curator of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He formerly served as Laboratory Historian at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has held teaching or research positions at Oregon State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, the University of Houston and the University of Chicago.

He is a recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the Society for the History of Technology and of several writing prizes. He has curated major exhibits on Submarines in the Cold War and West Point in the Making of America. His publications include books on the history of Project Gemini, radiation safety in nuclear weapons testing, and world military institutions, as well as many articles and book reviews on a wide range of topics in the history of military technology.

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