A Genius Amongst Us: Former Quaker Neck’s Pam Long Becomes a MacArthur Fellow


While many of the residents of Kent County’s Quaker Neck, past or present, may indeed consider themselves a genius, the Spy has learned that at least one of them can show some documentation for such a claim.

Pamela Long, the daughter of the late Winslow and Barbara Long of Comegys Bight Farm and Heron Point, has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (a.k.a. a Genius Grant), which results in a $625,000 award. An independent historian of science and technology, Pamela’s scholarship, according to the Foundation, “is rewriting the history of science, demonstrating how technologies and crafts are deeply enmeshed in the broader cultural fabric.”

Of course, anyone lucky enough to live on Comegys Bight is expected to be a genius at some point or another.

Letters to Editor

  1. I would like to have heard more about her work and her award, and there is no video interview. I knew her parents.

  2. Patrick Bushby says

    Congratulations to Ms Long on the marvelous recognition of a life’s work and that which is to come. I have enjoyed the benedictions of ” The MacArthur ” for over thirty-five years. What a tremendous lift and embrace of scholarship and erudition in an age expediency and denunciation. Kudos to THE FOUNDATION!

  3. Marge Fallaw says

    The MacArthur Foundation page for her is here and gives more info, as well as links to even more, including her own website, which contains a very impressive C.V.

    Some may remember attending her interesting mid-1990s lecture in the Sophie Kerr Room of Washington College’s library, when she was chosen to give the annual Goodfellow Lecture in History.

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