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Norman Wilson Storer

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Biography: Norman Wilson Storer

Norman Wilson Storer was born at Orangeville, Ohio, January 11, 1868, and graduated from Ohio State University with the degree of mechanical engineer in electrical engineering in 1891. In September of that year he entered the employ of the Westinghouse company at East Pittsburgh. Pa., where he remained until his retirement in 1936. In 1893 be became assistant to B. G. Lamme on the design of d-c machines, especially railway motors. During this period he developed a method of rating railway motors which was later adopted as standard by both the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE, now IEEE) standards committee and the International Electric Technical Commission. In 1904 the company's engineering department was reorganized and Mr. Storer was made engineer of the railway division, devoting his entire time to electric transportation. He made notable contributions to the development of both single-phase and high-voltage d-c railway electrifications, and later had charge of developing electrical equipment for oil electric cars and locomotives. In 1926 he was appointed consulting railway engineer.

Norman W. Storer served the AIEE as manager and twice as vice-president (1914-16. 1921-23); he also became Institute representative on the United States national committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission, for which he was advisor on railway motion, and was active on technical committees especially the standards and transportation committee. In 1933 he was awarded the AIEE Lamme Medal "for meritorious achievement in the development of apparatus and machinery for electrical transportation." Norman. W Storer died in 1947 in West Orange, Florida.