Abbott Payson Usher

Abbott Payson Usher (1883  – June 18, 1965)[1] was an American economic historian. The Society of the History of Technology has awarded the Abbott Payson Usher Prize, named in his honor, annually since 1961.[2]

In the late 1920s Usher, the American historian Lewis Mumford and the Swiss art historian Sigfried Giedion began to systematically investigate the social consequences of technology.[3] In A History of Mechanical Inventions he argued that technological innovation was a slow, collective process with many contributors, not relying on the genius of great inventors.[4]



  1. Smith, Thomas M. (Autumn 1965). "Memorial: Abbott Payson Usher (1883-1965)". Technology and Culture. 6 (4): 630–632.
  2. "The Usher Prize". Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  3. Cutcliffe, Stephen H. (1989). In Context History and the History of Technology: Essays in honor of Melvin Kranzberg. Lehigh University Press. pp. 88–89. ISBN 978-0-934223-03-4.
  4. Molella, Arthur P. (October 2005). Technology & Culture. 46 (4): 779–796.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/10/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.