Robert V. Bruce

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Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Robert Vance Bruce (1923-2008) served in the Army during World War II. He studied at MIT in 1943, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1945 and received a M.A. in history in 1947 and a PhD in 1953, both from Boston University. He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1957-1958 and a Henry E. Huntington fellow in 1966.

Bruce taught at the University of Bridgeport, Lawrence Academy at Groton, and the University of Wisconsin before returning to Boston University where he taught history as an instructor (1955-1958), Assistant Professor (1958-1960), Associate Professor (1960-1966), Professor (1966-1984) and Emeritus Professor (1984-1991). He specialized in the American Civil War, and won the
1988 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The Launching of Modern American Science, 1846–1876. His other books are Lincoln and the Tools of War, 1877: Year of Violence, and Bell: Alexander Graham Bell and the Conquest of Solitude, which was a finalist for the 1974 National Book Award in biography.

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