Dr. Martin Collins


  • Space History Department

Portrait of Dr. Martin Collins

Dr. Martin J. Collins is curator of the civilian applications satellites collection, a grouping that includes weather, remote sensing, and communications satellites and related technologies. He has contributed to a series of Museum exhibits. His current gallery project as lead curator is One World Connected, a look at the role of aviation and spaceflight in recent globalization.

In his tenure at NASM, he has organized a series of oral history projects, including: the Glennan-Webb-Seamans Project for Research in Space History, the RAND History Project, and the Iridium History Project. Most of the interviews can be accessed through the Museum’s archives Division.

In 2006, he received the Society for History of Technology's IEEE Life Member Prize for his article "One World…One Telephone: Iridium, One Look at the Making of a Global Age," History and Technology 21 (2005): 301-324. From 2009-2016, he served as editor-in-chief of History and Technology: An International Journal (Routledge). He presently is managing editor of the book series Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology, published by Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.

Dr. Collins’ most recent book is A Telephone for the World: Motorola, Iridium, and the making of a Global Age (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018).

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