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Below is a biography of Dr. Sheldon Hochheiser, Archivist and Institutional Historian at the IEEE History Center.


Dr. Sheldon Hochheiser biography

Photograph of Sheldon Hochheiser

Dr. Sheldon Hochheiser is the Archivist and Institutional Historian at the IEEE History Center. Before joining the center in 2008, Sheldon spent 16 years as corporate historian for AT&T, acting as both subject matter expert on AT&T history and manager of the corporate archives. While at AT&T, he curated historical exhibits, completed oral histories with company executives, and served as a historical expert on television and radio. After leaving AT&T in 2004, he worked as a consulting historian, serving corporate and nonprofit clients in areas including oral history, archives, exhibit curation, and subject expertise.

Earlier, as corporate historian for the Rohm and Haas Company, he wrote and published Rohm and Haas: History of A Chemical Company (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986). While serving as project historian at the Charles Babbage Institute, he co-authored The High Technology Company: An Historical and Archival Research Guide (Charles Babbage Institute, 1989), which for many years was the Society of American Archivists’ recommend book on its subject. He also served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute. Sheldon earned M.A.'s and Ph.D.'s in the history of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an interdisciplinary B.A. in history-chemistry at Reed College. His research interests include the history of telecommunications, the practice of science and technology in corporate America, and the problem of innovation in a monopoly.

One of four historians at the IEEE History Center, Sheldon has primary responsibility for center’s activities involving the institutional history of IEEE and its predecessor organizations. He is responsible for the IEEE Archives, a collection of paper and digital records, images, and artifacts documenting the history of IEEE and its predecessor organizations. In addition, he manages the center’s oral history program, contributes to the center’s teaching at its academic partners, and writes historical articles for the history center’s wiki, the IEEE Global History Network, and IEEE publications including the Proceedings of the IEEE, The Institute, and Today’s Engineer.


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