August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Dr. Daniel E. Worthington, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will discuss
Lincoln and Science and Technology
Abraham Lincoln had a life-long interest in science and technology. Fond of gadgets and fascinated with the inner workings of mechanical devices, Lincoln remains the only president to secure and hold a patent. As commander-in-chief, Lincoln championed new weapons, hoping that innovation would tip the scales in favor of the Union and shorten the war.
Join Daniel Worthington, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, for a discussion of Lincoln’s relationship to science and technology and how his commitment to scientific innovation heralded a new era in warfare.
Dr. Worthington’s Bio: Dr. Daniel E. Worthington is the director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, Illinois. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the project and works with state, federal, and private agencies to publish and maintain the project’s three digital publications: the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Log, and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Digital Library.
He received his B.S. and M.A. in history from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was a University Fellow and a MacArthur Foundation Fellow with the Program of Arms Control & Domestic and International Security.
He joined The Papers of Abraham Lincoln as an assistant editor in October 2008 and became director in August 2018. His writings on Abraham Lincoln and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln have appeared in the Lincoln Editor, the project’s quarterly newsletter, and Four Score and Seven, newsletter of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
An expert in World War I science, his articles and essays on the war and military research have appeared in Air Warfare: An International Encyclopedia, International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Swords and Ploughshares: Bulletin of the Program of Arms Control & Domestic and International Security, and The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia.
Quick business meeting will follow.