George Wise

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George Wise is an independent historian. Born in Cleveland in 1944, he holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University, an M.A. in Physics from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in History from Boston University. He worked as a Systems Analyst for Mitre Corporation before joining General Electric (GE) where he spent most of his career as a communications specialist and writer for GE’s Research and Development Center (now GE Global Research) in Niskayuna, New York, where he was known as “GE’s historian”. His books are Willis R. Whitney, General Electric and the Origins of U.S. Industrial Research; Civic Astronomy; and Edison’s Decision. Wise is a co-author of the textbook Exploring Engineering. His papers and articles have appeared in Technology and Culture, Isis, IEEE Spectrum and American Heritage of Science and Technology.

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