Jon Agar is Professor and Co-Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. He is a historian of modern science and technology, and author of books including The Government Machine (MIT Press, 2003), Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Polity, 2012), Constant Touch: a Global History of the Mobile Phone (Icon, 2003; second edition, 2012) and Science Policy under Thatcher (UCL Press, 2019). He is past editor of the British Journal of the History of Science, and founding editor of the open-access BJHS Themes. He was the recipient of the Royal Society’s 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture
History of communications and the Congruence Engine: early thoughts and possibilities
How can digital methods be used to better connect and understand communications heritage collections? Potential areas of research, challenges and projects to pursue under the Communications strand of the Congruence Engine are discussed, in connection with trends in historiography.