Abbott Payson Usher
Abbott Payson Usher (1883 – June 18, 1965) 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.
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. 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.
- The history of the grain trade in France, 1400-1710. Harvard University Press. 1913. ISBN 0-374-98063-2. (online text)
- An introduction to the industrial history of England. Houghton Mifflin company. 1920. (online text)
- A History of Mechanical Invention. McGraw-Hill. 1929. (Harvard University Press, 1954; Dover Publications, 1988 ISBN 0-486-25593-X)(online text)
- The early history of deposit banking in Mediterranean Europe, (Harvard Economic Studies 75). Harvard University Press. 1943.(online text)
- Smith, Thomas M. (Autumn 1965). "Memorial: Abbott Payson Usher (1883-1965)". Technology and Culture 6 (4): 630–632.
- "The Usher Prize". Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- 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.
- Molella, Arthur P. (October 2005). Technology & Culture 46 (4): 779–796.