SAS Bulletin

            Volume 20   Number 1/2   January /June 1997

AIA Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

W. David Kingery

    This year's Pomerance Medal winner, like those before him, has contributed a lifetime of experience and scientific knowledge to the needs of the archaeological community. The Pomerance Award honors a professional or amateur scientist, or a team of scientists, whose interdisciplinary work with archaeologists merits recognition.

From the citation:
    The Pomerance Award is made to W. David Kingery, Regents Professor of Anthropology and of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona in recognition of his pathbreaking studies in the history of ceramics and his notable contributions as a writer and an editor to our understanding of technology innovation and the social context of technology in the past.
    Dr. Kingery received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1949 and rapidly became the leading figure in the development of high-performance ceramics for modern technology. Dr. Kingery and the British archaeometrist Michael Tite, working independently, were largely responsible for applying electron microscopy to the study of ancient ceramics, plasters, refractories, glasses, and glazes. His work has transformed our understanding of the origins of pyrotechnology in the Neolithic of the Near East, while his many publications have enhanced our understanding of, and pleasure in, the fine ceramics of Classical Greece, China, and the Renaissance.
    Professor Kingery's accomplishments have enriched archaeology, art history, and the history of technology, and have profound implications for our understanding of the role of technology, technological innovation, and technology transfer in past societies.

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