Dan Albert has spent a career writing and teaching about the history and culture of technology. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Michigan where he also taught in the College of Engineering. For several years he served on the faculty of the Sea Education Association, teaching Maritime Studies both onshore and aboard SEAs topsail schooners. He then moved the family to London where he took charge of the vehicle collections for the National Museum of Science and Industry. His exhibitions included “Island Nation,” which interpreted the Science Museum’s marine transport collections.
Albert drew from his archival research into driver safety for the Centers for Disease Control volume, Silent Victories: The History and Practice of Public Health in Twentieth-Century America and his work on the history of highways appears in City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis. He also co-authored (with W. Andrew Achenbaum) Profiles in Gerontology. In addition to his writings for n+1 magazine, his articles have appeared in such diverse magazines as Popular Science and The Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences. He also writes about science for youngsters and about business for grownups.
People keep breaking things, so when he’s not studying and writing, Albert spends his time fixing them.