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Technology historians honor economist Rosenberg

STANFORD -- Nathan Rosenberg, professor of economics, recently was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the Society for the History of Technology. "Rosenberg has almost single-handedly changed the way economists and economic historians think about technology and the nature of economic change," the society's statement said. "He has convinced a substantial number of scholars . . . that in order to make sense of economic growth, we must make sense of technology, and that the only way we can comprehend technology is to study it historically." A 1963 essay that Rosenberg wrote on the machine tool industry was especially influential, the statement said, in opening up "the black box" of technology's role in economic processes. Rosenberg joined the Stanford faculty in 1974.

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