[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: FW: Byrne Marconi fellowship

"Batiz-Lazo, Bernardo (shī fu)" bbatiz64 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 16 00:28:08 PST 2010

Might be of interest to list members. It seems they havent had many 
applications for 2011.
Season's greetings
Bangor University (Wales)

*Call for Douglas Byrne Marconi Fellowship Applications *

*10 November 2010*

The Bodleian Libraries are calling for applicants interested in 
researching the history of science and technology. Thanks to a grant 
from the Wireless Preservation Society, the Bodleian Libraries offer an 
annual fellowship to support a scholar in residence. The value of the 
award in 2011 will be £4000.

Applications are encouraged from those wishing to consult the Marconi 
Archive at the Bodleian Library and the collection of objects held at 
the Museum of Science, Oxford. The vast archive, occupying some 400 
linear metres of shelving, includes personal papers of Guglielmo Marconi 
and business records relating to the radio industry up to the late 
twentieth century. Objects in the collection include devices from early 
experiments in transmission.

The first fellowship was awarded this year to Professor Peter Scott, of 
the Henley Business School, University of Reading, for research into 
competitive advantage and innovation in the interwar British radio 
industry. Professor Scott will deliver the first Douglas Byrne Marconi 
Lecture on March 1, 2011. “The Marconi fellowship has provided me with 
the resources to undertake in-depth research using Britain’s most 
extensive and important archive for the radio and related industries”, 
says Professor Scott. “The Marconi collection sheds important light on 
all aspects of the early radio industry and constitutes a key historical 
resource for anyone undertaking research in this area.”

The Marconi Collection was donated to the University of Oxford by 
Marconi plc in December 2004. A catalogue of the archive, funded by the 
Wireless Preservation Society, is available online from the Bodleian 
Library. A catalogue of the objects can be found on the website of the 
Museum of the History of Science.

One of the most interesting sections of the archive relates to the 
Titanic disaster in 1912. The role played by wireless telegraphy in 
saving lives during this tragic event is well documented in the archive, 
which features the logs of ships’ radio operators recording the first 
and last distress signals from the Titanic as well as thousands of other 
messages exchanged before, during and after the emergency.

As well as documents relating to Marconi and his Wireless Telegraph 
Company, there are records of numerous other electronic and electrical 
engineering companies, all of which were ultimately absorbed into the 
General Electric Company (GEC) which in 1999 changed its own name to 

The fellowship is named in memory of its founder, Douglas Byrne.

For details of funding and how to apply for the Douglas Byrne Marconi 
Fellowship at the Bodleian Library, visit the library website at 
www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/csb/ <http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/csb/>, or write to: 
Fellowships, Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library, Oxford 
OX1 3BG. Applications for the 2011 fellowship must be submitted by 
December 31, 2010.

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