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Jeff Hecht, a science writer in Massachusetts, is the author of City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics (Oxford University Press, 1999), from which this article is adapted. More >>

Thomas A. Heppenheimer is a frequent contributor to Invention & Technology. More >>

David V. Herlihy is a freelance writer living in Boston, Massachusett, and the author of Bicycle: The History and The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance. More >>

George W Hilton is a professor of economics at UCLA. More >>

Lynn Hinds, a former broadcast journalist, is an associate professor of broadcast news at West Virginia University. More >>

PHAEDRA HISE is a freelance business and aviation journalist and the author of Pilot Error: Anatomy of a Plane Crash . She is also a private pilot. More >>

Steven R. Hoffbeck teaches American history at the University of North Dakota. More >>

Larry C. Huffman, P.E., is a mining engineer who lives in Butte, Montana. More >>

Gen. John Hoover entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and retired in 1978. He holds degrees from West Point and Georgetown University. More >>

House, Kirk W. is member for American Heritage site since 2012. More >>

Mary Blye Howe is a freelance writer living in Duncanville, Texas. More >>

BENJAMIN RYDER HOWE is a senior editor at The Paris Review . More >>

Thomas P. Hughes is Professor Emeritus of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More >>

Tom Huntington is a Senior Editor of American Heritage and a frequent contributor to Invention & Technology. His writing has also appeared in Smithsonian, Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Yankee, America in WWII, and many other p More >>

Thomas Huntington is the managing editor of Air & Space magazine. More >>

Donald Dale Jackson is a freelance writer in Newtown, Connecticut. His books include Gold Dust (Knopf, 1980). More >>

Shirley Ann Jackson is a physicist and president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the U.S. A frequent speaker and advocate, Dr. More >>

Kirk Jeffrey is a professor of history at Carleton College in Northfteld, Minnesota. More >>

Ann Jensen is a free-lance writer living in Annapolis, Maryland, who specializes in maritime subjects. More >>

Richard R. John is a historian of communications who currently teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. More >>

Richard A. Johnson is the author of Six Men Who Built the Modern Auto Industry (2005), published by Motorbooks. More >>

Stephen Joiner writes about aviation from his home in Southern California. More >>

Dr. Thomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences, and in more than eleven years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. More >>

William Worthington, Jr., a specialist in engineering and industry at the National Museum of American History, wrote about the early history of escalators in our Winter 1989 issue. More >>

Loyd S. More >>

Edwin T. Layton, Jr. (1929-2009) was president of the Society for the History of Technology and a professor of the history of science and technology at the University of Minnesota from 1975 until his retirement in 1998. More >>

Elmer L. Gaden, Jr. (1924-2012) was the Wills Johnson Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Gaden was founder of the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Journal, which he edited until 1983.

Gaden earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D.

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Sebastian Junger is an author, journalist and documentarian, most famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, his award-winning chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the 2010 movie Restrepo, and his 2 More >>

Dennis Karwatka is an associate professor of industrial education and technology at Morehead State University, in Kentucky. More >>

Jack Kelly, a frequent contributor to Invention & Technology, explores the history of black powder in his book Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards & Pyrotechnics (Basic Books). More >>

Robert Kimber writes often for outdoor, environmental, and regional magazines and has had a regular column in both Country Journal and Down East maga More >>

Mark Kinsler is an electrical engineer and educator in Athens, Ohio. More >>

Estelle Fox Kleiger is the author of The Trial of Levi Weeks, Or the Manhattan Well Mystery (Academy Chicago, 1989). She lives in Scarsdale, New York. More >>

Maury Klein is a professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. More >>

Gerard Koeppel is an editor at CBS News who is working on a biography of Christopher Colles. He lives in New York City. More >>

Josef W. More >>

Thomas Kraemer is a former Hewlett-Packard engineering manager who has witnessed the development of inkjet technology over the last 25 years. More >>

Marshall Krantz is a freelance writer living in Oakland, California. More >>

Anita is a Canadian freelance author who has written on a diverse range of subjects, including industrial waste controversies, climate change science, art, books, culture and prominent or controversial figures. More >>

Michael Lamm served as managing editor of Motor Trend in the 1960s, started an auto-history magazine in 1970, and formed a book publishing company, Lamm-Morada Inc., in 1978. More >>

JAMES LAMONT is a writer who lives in Deerfield, Illinois. More >>

Paul Lancaster, a free-lance writer, is currently working on a book about nineteenthcentury newspaper reporters. More >>

Ralph Landau (1916–2004) founded one of the world’s most successful engineering and design firms, Scientific Design Company, Inc., and its successor corporations, which developed and commercialized nearly a dozen processes for producing petrochemicals. More >>

David Lander is editor-at-large of Audio magazine. More >>

Benjamin Lawless retired as an assistant director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in 1981 and is now a consultant on exhibition design, author, and a film maker. More >>

Jackson Lears is the author of Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America (Basic Books, 1994). He is working on a book about luck and the American imagination. More >>

Joseph Leary is a writer, producer, and director of video and film projects. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut. More >>

Stanley Lebar retired from an engineering career with Westinghouse in 1988. More >>

Timothy J. LeCain is an adjunct professor of history at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. More >>

Lecompte, Tom is member for American Heritage site since 2011. More >>

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