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Thomas Parke Hughes (September 13, 1923[1] – February 3, 2014[2]) was an American historian of technology. He was an emeritus professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania[3] and a visiting professor at MIT and Stanford.[4]

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1953.

He, along with John B. Rae, Carl W. Condit, and Melvin Kranzberg, were responsible for the establishment of the Society for the History of Technology and he was a recipient of its highest honor, the Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 1985.[5]

He contributed to the concepts of technological momentum, technological determinism, large technical systems, social construction of technology, and introduced systems theory into the history of technology.

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  1. ^ "Thomas Hughes". genealogybank. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hughes, Thomas". The Daily Progress. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Barry (May 1984). "Review: Networks of Power by Thomas P. Hughes". Social Studies of Science. 14 (2): 309–314. doi:10.1177/030631284014002012. JSTOR 284661. 

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