1986 ESHS Hall of Fame Inductee



Sharon Traweek, Ph.D.
Class of 1959

Born:  June 17, 1942 - Place:  Inglewood, California. 
Parents:  Sherman and Edna Traweek.

At El Segundo High School

Active in Scholarship Society and Girls Athletic Association, Member of Golden Eagle staff, Quill & Scroll, Latin Club, Pep Club, Drill Team Captain, Song Leader, Epsilon Sigma and orchestra.


Received Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art from University of California at Berkeley, earned Master's Degree in Modern European History from California State University at San Francisco, obtained Ph.D. from University of California at Santa Cruz.


Public Information Officer, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center 1971-1975, teaching Assistant and Associate, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1975-1980, Lecturer, Stanford University, 1980-1981, Associate Professor in Anthropology and Archaeology and in the Science Technology and Society Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982-present.  Recipient of Danforth, Old Dominion and Fullbright Fellowships.  Currently serving as Cultural anthropologist specializing in the study of scientists at the Tsukuba Laboratory for High Energy Physics in Japan.

"Like many other women I know the difficult and amazing process of finding my own path has taken a long time.  I received my Doctorate and began teaching at MIT when I was 40.  Not being in a fast lane, or even on the freeway, I learned to cut my own trail.  Even so, I have been helped immeasurably by some powerful teachers, including Lawrence Cummings, Patton McNaughton, Urho Saari and Audrey Kenevan."