Louis Duncan: Biography
Born: March 25, 1961
Died: 13 February 1916
Louis Duncan was born in Washington, D. C, and graduated from the Naval Academy. He did graduate work at John Hopkins University and later left the Navy to become a professor there.
During the Spanish-American War, Duncan was appointed by President McKinley to form a battalion of engineers and he was made Major of the First Volunteer Engineers. After the war, he entered business. He was well known as an electrical traction expert and worked on New York City’s Rapid Transport system. He also resumed teaching after the war, at this point continuing his career at MIT.
Duncan was the author of many articles on electrical subjects, and wrote on electricity for the Encyclopedia Britannica. He was president of the AIEE from 1895 to 1897. He was also a fellow of the APS. Dr. Duncan was married and had one son and three daughters.
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