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.

Articles by Hansen Hsu(7)

An Inflection Point in the History of Multimedia: Video Ethnographies of Visual Almanac and News Navigator

An Inflection Point in the History of Multimedia: Video Ethnographies of Visual Almanac and News Navigator

CHM's Center for Software History has been conducting “video ethnographies” to record and preserve the experience of running historical software. Over the course of 2018, the center has conducted two video ethnographies surrounding a key moment at the end of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the birth of multimedia. Watch and learn from experts as they discuss and demonstrate the Visual Almanac and News Navigator. Read More
2018 Museum Fellow Guido van Rossum, Python Creator & Benevolent Dictator for Life

2018 Museum Fellow Guido van Rossum, Python Creator & Benevolent Dictator for Life

 Apr 05, 2018 Remarkable People
For the creation and evolution of the Python programming language and for leadership of its community. Read More
QuickTime and the Rise of Multimedia

QuickTime and the Rise of Multimedia

 Mar 30, 2018 CHM Live, Curatorial Insight
QuickTime, the pioneering mass-market digital video format for personal computers, was developed by Apple and released in 1991 on the Macintosh. As part of the MPEG-4 video standard, QuickTime technology can be found in every device today that plays digital video, from cell phones to 4K streaming TVs. Read More
2017 CHM Fellow Alan Cooper: Father of Visual Basic

2017 CHM Fellow Alan Cooper: Father of Visual Basic

 Apr 11, 2017 Remarkable People
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. Read More
NeXT: Steve Jobs’ dot com IPO that Never Happened

NeXT: Steve Jobs’ dot com IPO that Never Happened

 Feb 07, 2017 From the Collection
Had Steve Jobs’ first company not bought his second, history likely would have been very different. Apple might not exist today. No iPhone. But what could have happened to NeXT? Read More
The Neverending Quest for “Firsts”

The Neverending Quest for “Firsts”

 Jun 29, 2016 Curatorial Insight
Visitors to the Computer History Museum frequently want to know: what was the first computer? 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

 Mar 15, 2016 Curatorial Insight
Since 2008, over a hundred billion apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store onto users’ iPhones or iPads. However, the technology and tools powering the mobile “app revolution” are not themselves new, but rather have a long history spanning over thirty years, one which connects back to the beginnings of software engineering and object-oriented programming in the late 1960s. Read More