Donald A. MacKenzie

Donald A. MacKenzie

Donald A. MacKenzie

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Donald Angus MacKenzie (born 1950) is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His work constitutes a crucial contribution to the field of Science and Technology Studies. He has also developed research in the field of Social Studies of Finance. He has undertaken widely-cited work on the history of statistics, eugenics, nuclear weapons, computing and finance, among other things.

In August, 2006, Professor MacKenzie was awarded the Chancellor's Award from HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, for his contributions to the field of Science and Technology Studies. He was also the winner of the 1993 Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association among many others.


  • Material markets: how economic agents are constructed (2009)
  • (with Fabian Muniesa and Lucia Siu, eds.) Do economists make markets? On the performativity of economics (2007)
  • An engine, not a camera: how financial models shape markets (2006)
  • Mechanizing proof: computing, risk, and trust (2001)
  • Knowing machines: essays on technical change (1996)
  • Inventing accuracy: a historical sociology of nuclear missile guidance (1990)
  • (with Judy Wajcman, eds.) The social shaping of technology (1985)
  • Statistics in Britain, 1865–1930: the social construction of scientific knowledge (1981)

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