Jonathan Coopersmith emphasizes that technology cannot be viewed simply in a national context, but must be understood in a larger international context in his teaching and research. His FAXED: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins, 2015) weaves a Möbius strip of a tale from Europe to the United States and Japan, blending invention, innovation, changing concepts of information, and the daunting challenges of commercial development. His previous research on Russian electrification demonstrated the important role of technological and cultural transfer between Germany and Russia as well as the uniquely Soviet path followed in the early 20th century.
Anthony Stranges teaches the history of science, especially chemistry and chemical engineering. He has published books on the history of coal-to-oil conversion, its development and impact, and another on Farrington Daniels’ work on alternative energy. He is currently completing a broader history of science in America. One of his recent projects is the Fischer-Tropsch Archive, which provides an extensive collection of documents on the history and development of synthetic fuels around the world, for use by historians, and by scientists continuing research on fuel synthesis.