Trevor Pinch

Trevor J. Pinch
Born (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952
Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland
Academic background
Alma mater University of Bath
Academic work
Notable works Confronting Nature
Notable ideas Social Construction of Technology (SCOT)

Trevor J. Pinch (born 1 January 1952),[1] is a British sociologist, part-time musician and former chair of the Science and Technology Studies department at Cornell University.

Early life

Pinch was born in Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland.[2]


He has a degree in Physics from the Imperial College London and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bath.


He taught sociology at the University of York before moving to the USA.

Together with Wiebe Bijker he started the movement known as Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) within the sociology of science.


He is a significant contributor to the study of Sound culture, and his books include a major study of Robert Moog.

Pinch's book, Confronting Nature is widely considered the definitive sociological account of the history of the solar neutrino problem, and was mentioned by Raymond Davis in his 2002 Nobel Prize autobiography.[3]


Chapters in books

Journal articles

Russell, Stewart (May 1986). "The social construction of artefacts: a response to Pinch and Bijker". Social Studies of Science. Sage. 16 (2): 331–346. doi:10.1177/0306312786016002008. 


  1. "Pinch, T. J. (Trevor J.)". Library of Congress. Retrieved 12 February 2015. data sheet (b. 1-1-52)
  2. "Christopher Ober and Trevor Pinch named to department chairs at Cornell, Cornell Chronicle". Cornell University. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. "Raymond Davis Jr. – Biographical". Nobel Media AB 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
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