W Patrick McCray
Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

W Patrick McCray is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of four books, including the prizewinning The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future (Princeton, 2013). He is currently working on a book on art-technology collaborations for The MIT Press.

Written by W Patrick McCray

In the General Electrics Research laboratory circa 1949. Photo by Bettmann/Getty
History of technology
It’s not all lightbulbs

If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way

W Patrick McCray