Amy Bix

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Amy Sue Bix
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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Known for
  • History of technology
  • history of medicine
  • women and gender studies

Amy Sue Bix is an American historian of science, technology and medicine noted for her research on the history of technology, science, and medicine with studies of women and gender, the history of education, and twentieth-century social, cultural, and intellectual history.


Bix was born and raised in the Chicago area. Her grandparents were Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants.


Bix earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University. As a result of her research and publications she was elected to the Sigma Xi national scientific honor society. She then earned a Ph.D. in History of Science from Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation "Inventing Ourselves Out of Jobs?: America's Debate over Technological Unemployment, 1929-1981" was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Titles.

Bix has been a History professor at Iowa State University since 1993. In 2007 she became the Director for Iowa State's Consortium for the History of Technology and Science.[1] May 2023 she was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor.[2]

Honors and Awards

2022, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Bernard S. Finn History Prize[3]

2021, Martha Trescott Prize[4]

2015, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA, Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession

2015, Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize[5]

2014, WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) Betty Vetter Award for Research


  1. "Consortium for the History of Technology and Science". Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  2. "Congratulations, university award recipients • Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff • Iowa State University". Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  3. "Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize, recipient 2021". Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). 2022-01-20. Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  4. "Martha Trescott Prize recipient 2021". Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). 2022-01-26. Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  5. "The Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize - History of Science Society". Retrieved 2023-06-03.

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