Thomas P. Hughes

Research Interests: 

Thomas Hughes did his graduate work in European History at the University of Virginia, after earlier earning an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in history at "Mr. Jefferson's university." He has published books on American and European history with special attention to the history of modern technology, science, and culture.

Selected Publications: 

Networks of Power: Electrification of Western Society, 1880-1930 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983).

Elmer Sperry: Inventor and Engineer (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971).

American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 (Viking, 1989; Penguin, 1990). Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History

Lewis Mumford: Public Intellectual, edited with Agatha C. Hughes (Oxford University Press, 1990).

Systems, Experts and Computers, edited with Agatha Hughes (MIT Press, 2000).

Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2004).

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