Master Gregory Clancey wins 2012 Morison Prize

May 21, 2012

A/P Gregory Clancey Prize Lecture: Telling Stories about Technology in an Asian Century

The Morison Prize in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who has made major contributions at the interface between science and technology on the one hand and matters of societal concern on the other. It was endowed by the family of the late Professor Elting Morison, a renowned historian who helped found the STS Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1970s.

Associate Professor Gregory Clancey, who received his PhD from MIT in 1999, was awarded the prize for his scholarly work on the history of technology in Asia (especially Japan) and the US, and for his efforts as a programme builder at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Asia Research Institute and Tembusu College – all at NUS.

On 11 May, Master Clancey was at MIT to deliver the Morison Prize Lecture. It was titled “Telling Stories about Technology in an Asian Century”.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.