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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Jody Alanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:36:31Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:36:31Z
dc.date.issued2002-05-09en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05212002-112136en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42766
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I traced the development of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy through the pages of the Journal of Organic Chemistry (JOC) from the year 1956 to 1969 to understand how organic chemists and Varian Associates?the makers of the first commercial NMR spectrometers?negotiated the identity of the NMR spectrometer. The work of the organic chemists was examined through their publications in the JOC. Examining the abstracts from the JOC between the years 1956 and 1969 developed an understanding of the ways in which organic chemists used the instrument. To understand the role Varian Associates played in the development of NMR, I examined the company?s advertisements in the JOC. I traced the changes in advertising style and format in order to see how Varian Associates expected their instruments to be used. I drew three conclusions from this work: 1) organic chemists and Varian Associates together determined what an NMR spectrometer was and how it could be used; 2) the identity of the instrument was negotiated by these two groups, and the novel use of the instrument by the organic chemists and new schemes in advertising on the part of Varian Associates were attempts to shift this identity; 3) NMR spectroscopy was a domain of knowledge that was embodied in the NMR spectrometer, and that could only be accessed through the instrument.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectHistory of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopyen_US
dc.subjectInstrumentsen_US
dc.subjectScience and Technology Studiesen_US
dc.subjectDomains of Knowledgeen_US
dc.titleInstruments and Domains of Knowledge: The Case of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, 1956-1969en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentScience and Technology Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineScience and Technology Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBurian, Richard M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHirsh, Richard F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPitt, Joseph C.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05212002-112136/en_US
dc.date.sdate2002-05-21en_US
dc.date.rdate2003-06-11
dc.date.adate2002-06-11en_US


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