Sam H Franz


I’m a PhD Student in the History & Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where I work on the history of computing, AI, and related matters in the 20th century.

Previously, I was an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, where I studied History and German.

I can be reached at samfranz [at] sas.upenn.edu.


Writing

“Man on Fire” in “Mental Health at Michigan,” Michigan in the World Digital Exhibit.

Speaking

“Adaptation as Learning: John Holland and Evolutionary Computing at the University of Michigan” at The 56th Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology, Jointly held by MIT’s HASTS and Harvard History of Science, April 8-9, 2022.

“Adaptation as Learning: John H. Holland and Evolutionary Computing” at Histories of Artifical Intelligence, Winter Symposium, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, UK, December 14-15, 2021.


“Thinking about Automating Thinking: A History of Early Computing” at Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, September 4-7, 2019.

“A History of Computing(s),” at Michigan Museum of Natural History Scientist Spotlight, Ann Arbor, MI, August 18, 2019.

“A (Pragmatic) Computer Science: Arthur W. Burks and the Logic of Computers Group,” at Michigan Museum of Natural History Scientist Spotlight, Ann Arbor, MI, August 4, 2019.