Arthur Molella, Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Arthur Molella is Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science from Cornell University. He enjoyed a long curatorial and management career at the Smithsonian. He headed such Smithsonian exhibitions as Science in American Life, Nobel Voices, and, most recently, Places of Invention. He is also Senior Lecturer in the department of history of science and technology at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests center on relationships between science, technology and culture. He has published and lectured internationally on museum exhibitions, strategies, and controversies, as well as on technology and invention. His publications include Inventing for the Environment (MIT, 2003), Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (with Robert Kargon, MIT 2008), Places of Invention (Smithsonian, 2015), World’s Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology, and Modernity (Pittsburgh, 2015). He recently served on the boards of the MIT Museum and the National Academy of Inventors, and continues to serve on the board of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Lemelson-AAAS Ambassador program. He served for ten years on the National Advisory Council of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College.​

Arthur Molella