ABOUT HANSEN HSU

Hansen Hsu is a historian and sociologist of technology, and Curator of the Center for Software History at the Computer History Museum. He works at the intersection of the histories of personal computing, graphical user interfaces, object-oriented programming, and software engineering. Hsu received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2015, with a dissertation titled “The Appsmiths: Community, Identity, Affect and Ideology Among Cocoa Developers from NeXT to iPhone.” Previously, he worked at Apple, Inc. from 1999-2005, where he contributed to releases of Mac OS X from the public beta through 10.4 as a Quality Assurance Engineer for the Cocoa framework group. Hsu received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and his M.A. in History from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 2007.

HANSEN HSU ARTICLES (4)

2017 CHM Fellow Alan Cooper: Father of Visual Basic

2017 CHM Fellow Alan Cooper: Father of Visual Basic

  April 11, 2017
2017 CHM Fellow Alan Cooper is best known as the “Father of Visual Basic,” possibly the most widely used visual programming environment in the software industry. But Cooper had significant accomplishments both before and after independently...   Read More
NeXT: Steve Jobs’ dot.com IPO that Never Happened

NeXT: Steve Jobs’ dot.com IPO that Never Happened

  February 07, 2017
February 7, 2017: Today is the 20th anniversary of the formal completion of Apple Computer’s acquisition of NeXT Software, Inc. Had Steve Jobs’ first company not bought his second, history likely would have been very different....   Read More
The Neverending Quest for “Firsts”

The Neverending Quest for “Firsts”

  June 29, 2016
Visitors to the Computer History Museum frequently want to know: what was the first computer? The first personal computer? In his recent post, “Programming the ENIAC: An Example of Why Computer History is Hard,” Computer History...   Read More
The Deep History of Your Apps: Steve Jobs, NeXTSTEP, and Early Object-Oriented Programming

The Deep History of Your Apps: Steve Jobs, NeXTSTEP, and Early Object-Oriented Programming

  March 15, 2016
Since 2008, over a hundred billion apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store onto users’ iPhones or iPads. Thousands of software developers have written these apps for Apple’s “iOS” mobile platform. However, the technology and...   Read More