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Merritt Roe Smith

Merritt Roe Smith (1940) is an American historian. He is the Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]


Smith graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Ph.D. His research focuses on the history of technological innovation and social change. He is currently writing a monograph on technology and the American Civil War. Smith is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is past president of the Society for the History of Technology.



  • "Technology, Industrialization, and the Idea of Progress in America"
  • "Industry, Technology, and the 'Labor Question' in 19th-Century America"


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