Joseph November, Ph.D.

Joseph November held his Stetten Fellowship from 2005-2006. His research project “Planting the Seeds: How the NIH cultivated Biomedical Computing” explored the role of the NIH in promoting the development of computer technology in the 1960s, by investigating the how its Advisory Committee on Computers in Research (ACCR).  November’s work traces a period that began with a general hostility on the part of the NIH toward research computing endeavors to it becoming the primary sponsor and, arguably, the primary shaper of American biomedical computing in the early-to-mid 1960s.

November received his PhD in History from Princeton University.  He is currently Assistant Professor of History at South Carolina University.

Selected Publications:

Digitizing Life: The Rise of Biomedical Computing in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)

“Removing the Center from Computing: Biology’s New Mode of Digital Knowledge Production (Wie das Rechenzentrum aus der Datenverarbeitung verschwand: Die neue Form digitaler Wissensproduktion in der Biologie),” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 34, no. 2 (June 2011), 156-173.

“Early Biomedical Computing and the Roots of Evidence-Based Medicine,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 33, no. 2 (Apr-Jun 2011), 9-23.

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