Arthur Molella, Adjunct Faculty
Arthur Molella is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. His interests are in the history of invention and on the relations between science, technology, and culture. His recent research efforts have focused on the roles of science and technology in the rise of Modernism and on the history of eco-cities.
In addition to serving in various curatorial and administrative capacities at the Museum of American History, he was head curator of the Smithsonian’s Science in American Life exhibition and co-curator of the international exhibit, Nobel Voices. He is also Senior Lecturer in the department of history of science and technology at The Johns Hopkins University. He has published and lectured widely on the relationship between technology and culture past and present. His publications include Inventing for the Environment (ed. with Joyce Bedi, 2003) and Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (with Robert Kargon, 2008).
He is on the board of the MIT Museum and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Dr. Molella received an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of science from Cornell University. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science from Westminster University, UK.