Acheson, Edward Goodrich, 1856-1931

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Electrochemist, engineer, and inventor.

From the description of Edward Goodrich Acheson papers, 1872-1968 (bulk 1899-1930). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71061006

Biographical Note

  • 1856, Mar. 9: Born, Washington, Pa.
  • 1872: Left school to make livelihood
  • 1873: Invented and secured patent for rock-boring machine to be used in coal mines
  • 1880: Moved to New York to find work in electrical industry
  • 1880 - 1881 : Assistant to Thomas A. Edison, Menlo Park, N.J.
  • 1884: Married Margaret Maher
  • 1885: Conducted unsatisfactory experiments on reduction of iron ore by natural gas
  • 1894 - 1895 : Invented carborundum Established Carborundum Co., and moved it to Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • 1894: Awarded the John Scott Medal by the Franklin Institute, for discovery of carborundum
  • 1899: Incorporated Acheson Graphite Co.
  • 1901: Awarded John Scott Medal for production of artificial graphite
  • 1908: Invented and secured patent for siloxicon Awarded Rumford Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1910: Published A Pathfinder: Discovery, Invention and Industry. New York: The Press Scrap Book
  • 1928: Established Edward G. Acheson fund at Electrochemical Society
  • 1929: Awarded Acheson Medal by Electrochemical Society
  • 1931, July 6: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Edward Goodrich Acheson Papers, 1872-1968, (bulk 1899-1930), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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correspondedWith Acheson, Edward Goodrich, 1887-1962 person
correspondedWith Acheson, George Wilson, b. 1892 person
correspondedWith Acheson, John Huyler, 1893-1938 person
correspondedWith Acheson, Raymond Mahler, b. 1888 person
correspondedWith Bakewell & Bakewell corporateBody
associatedWith Carborundum Company (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Cowles Electric Smelting and Aluminum Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Deringer, John P. person
correspondedWith Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
correspondedWith Electric Smelting and Aluminum Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Electrochemical Society corporateBody
correspondedWith Hunt, Alfred E. (Alfred Ephraim), 1855-1899 person
correspondedWith Hunt, Thomas Ephraim, 1855-1899 person
correspondedWith Huyler, John Seys, 1846-1910 person
associatedWith Jarvis Family Papers. corporateBody
correspondedWith Mellon, Andrew W. (Andrew William), 1855-1937 person
correspondedWith Nichols, E. L. (Edward Leamington), 1854-1937 person
correspondedWith Rathenau, Walther, 1867-1922 person
correspondedWith Smith, William Acheson person
correspondedWith Smith, William Alden, 1859-1932 person
correspondedWith Sprague, Edmund C. person
associatedWith Szymanowitz, Raymond, b. 1898. person
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Birth 1856-03-09

Death 1931-07-06



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