Rosalind Williams

Rosalind Williams is a historian whose source for evidence and insight into the history of technology is imaginative literature. She is Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she has taught since 1982. She has served as head of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and Dean of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs at MIT; and President of the Society for the History of Technology. Williams is the author of several books, including The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World (2013); Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change (2002); and Notes on the Underground: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination (1990).