Gano Dunn

Engineer, Academic

1870 – 1953

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Who was Gano Dunn?

Gano Dunn was President of Cooper Union, and an early President of the United States National Research Council.

Dunn received the first degree in Electrical engineering granted by Columbia University. Dunn was president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers from 1911 to 1912. Gano Dunn served as treasurer and later Chairman of Trustees of the Simplified Spelling Board.

While at Columbia University, Dunn's life was changed by assisting Nikola Tesla.

"Tesla solved the greatest problem in electrical engineering of his time. . . .

My contact as [Tesla’s] assistant at the historic Columbia University high frequency lecture afterward, has left an indelible impression and an inspiration which has influenced my life."

Gano Dunn invented and patented many electronic and mechanical devices.

US patent 797271, "Electric Switch" A Drum Sequencer Controller

CA patent 103309, "Machine for Bending Metal Strips Edgewise"

GB 190409874, "Improvements in Electric Switches"

GB patent 190413779, "Improvements in Electrical Distribution particularly applicable for Controlling Electric Motors"

GB patent 190403919, "Improvements in System of Speed Regulation for Electro-motor Driven Machinery."

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Born
Oct 18, 1870
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Columbia University
Died
Apr 10, 1953

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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