Cyrus Mody

Cyrus Mody


Cyrus Mody is an assistant professor in the department of history at Rice University. Mody has published widely on the history and sociology of materials science, instrumentation, and nanotechnology. He is the author of Instrumental Community: Probe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology. He holds a Ph.D. in science and technology studies from Cornell University, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and materials engineering from Harvard University, and was the 2004–2005 Gordon Cain Fellow at CHF. For additional information, please see Mody's Curriculum Vitae.

Select Publications 

  • Cyrus C.M. Mody and Andrew J. Nelson, “‘A Towering Virtue of Necessity’: Computer Music at Vietnam-Era Stanford,” Osiris (submitted for volume 28, Music in the Laboratory).
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody. 2010. Institutions as Stepping-Stones: Rick Smalley and the Commercialization of Nanotubes. Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia. 
  • Hyungsub Choi and Cyrus C.M. Mody, “The Long History of Molecular Electronics: Microelectronics Origins of Nanotechnology,” Social Studies of Science 39.1 (2009): 11-50.
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody, “The Larger World of Nano,” Physics Today 61.10 (2008): 38-44.
  • Choi, Hyungsub, Sarah Kaplan, and Cyrus C. M. Mody, and Jody A. Roberts. 2008. Setting an Agenda for the Social Studies of Nanotechnology: A Summary of the Joint Wharton–Chemical Heritage Foundation Symposium on the Social Studies of Nanotechnology. Wharton and Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia.
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody, “Corporations, Universities, and Instrumental Communities: Commercializing Probe Microscopy, 1981-1996,” Technology and Culture 47 (2006): 56-80.
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody, “Small, But Determined: Technological Determinism in Nanoscience,” in Joachim Schummer and Davis Baird, Nanotechnology Challenges: Implications for Philosophy, Ethics, and Society (New Jersey: World Scientific, 2006): 95-130.

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