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Leslie Tomory

Leslie Tomory, an aerospace engineer, a historian, and a consultant in the nonprofit sector, is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University.

Titles by This Author

The Origins of the Gaslight Industry, 1780-1820

In Progressive Enlightenment, Leslie Tomory examines the origins of the gaslight industry, from invention to consolidation as a large integrated urban network. Tomory argues that gas was the first integrated large-scale technological network, a designation usually given to the railways. He shows how the first gas network was constructed and stabilized through the introduction of new management structures, the use of technical controls, and the application of means to constrain the behavior of the users of gas lighting.