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How Knowledge MovesWriting the Transnational History of Science and Technology$
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John Krige

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226605852

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226606040.001.0001

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The Officer’s Three Names

The Officer’s Three Names

The Formal, Familiar, and Bureaucratic in the Transnational History of Scientific Fellowships

(p.254) Chapter Nine The Officer’s Three Names
How Knowledge Moves

Michael J. Barany

University of Chicago Press

This chapter uses Rockefeller Foundation fellowship files and related documentation for mathematicians in Latin America (especially Uruguayan communist José Luis Massera) to examine the multifarious work of scientific fellowship administration in a mid-twentieth century transnational bureaucracy. It focuses on Harry Milton Miller, a long-serving and far-traveling officer of Rockefeller’s Division of Natural Sciences, and his formal, familiar, and bureaucratic postures that correspond (broadly speaking) with three distinct ways he affixed his name or was addressed in his correspondence and records. Tracking the officer’s three names elucidates the interactions among the variety of relationships and practices Miller created and sustained in support of the Rockefeller Foundation’s fellowship programs in the natural sciences. In particular, they help explain how officials navigated political and institutional obstacles to establish durable transnational scientific networks. Their adaptations and improvisations both directly and indirectly shaped a scientific elite that would dominate emerging transnational formations.

Keywords:   fellowships, Rockefeller Foundation, mathematicians, Latin America, bureaucracy, natural sciences

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