Cyrus Mody has published widely on the history and sociology of materials science, instrumentation, and nanotechnology. He is the author of Instrumental Community: Probe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology. He holds a PhD in science and technology studies from Cornell University, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and materials engineering from Harvard University, and was the 2004–2005 Gordon Cain Fellow at the Institute. 

Select Publications

  • Cyrus C.M. Mody and Andrew J. Nelson, “‘A Towering Virtue of Necessity’: Computer Music at Vietnam-Era Stanford,” Osiris (submitted for volume 28, Music in the Laboratory).
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody. 2010. Institutions as Stepping-Stones: Rick Smalley and the Commercialization of Nanotubes. Science History Institute, Philadelphia.
  • Hyungsub Choi and Cyrus C.M. Mody, “The Long History of Molecular Electronics: Microelectronics Origins of Nanotechnology,” Social Studies of Science 39.1 (2009): 11–50.
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody, “The Larger World of Nano,” Physics Today 61.10 (2008): 38–44.
  • Hyungsub Choi, Sarah Kaplan, and Cyrus C. M. Mody, and Jody A. Roberts. 2008. Setting an Agenda for the Social Studies of Nanotechnology: A Summary of the Joint Wharton–Science History Institute Symposium on the Social Studies of Nanotechnology. Wharton and Science History Institute, Philadelphia.
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody, “Corporations, Universities, and Instrumental Communities: Commercializing Probe Microscopy, 1981-1996,” Technology and Culture 47 (2006): 56–80.
  • Cyrus C.M. Mody, “Small, But Determined: Technological Determinism in Nanoscience,” in Joachim Schummer and Davis Baird, Nanotechnology Challenges: Implications for Philosophy, Ethics, and Society (New Jersey: World Scientific, 2006): 95–130.