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AIEE Presidents, 1884-1961

Norvin Green, 1884-86

Norvin Green became the President of Western Union in 1878. He later was one of the founders of the AIEE in the early 1880s.

Franklin L. Pope, 1886-87

Franklin L. Pope was one of America’s first practicing electrical engineers. In addition to his inventions and patents, which greatly contributed to the field of electrical engineering, he authored several books in the genres of literature, history, and genealogy.

T. Commerford Martin, 1887-88

T. Commerford Martin was an editor of electrical magazines and an author. He also worked for the U.S. Census Office from 1900-1915, where he wrote reports about electrical industries and utilities.

Edward Weston, 1888-89

Edward Weston improved electrical instruments so that they would be more portable and that their measurements would become more accurate. In 1908, his standard cell became the universal standard of electromotive force.

Elihu Thomson, 1889-90

Elihu Thomson’s invention of the 3 coil dynamo was the foundation to a successful electric lighting system that he and colleague E. J. Houston produced in 1879 through their company Thomson-Houston Electric Company. This company merged with Edison General Electric Company in 1892 to form General Electric Company.

William A. Anthony, 1890-91

William A. Anthony was a professor of physics and mechanics at many U.S. universities. In addition to teaching, he also contributed articles to many electrical engineering magazines, and was an electric engineer consultant in New York City.

Alexander Graham Bell, 1891-92

Alexander Graham Bell is most known for his invention of the telephone in 1876.

Frank Julian Sprague, 1892-93

Frank J. Sprague founded the Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company, which later developed an electric railway system in Richmond Virginia using electric traction.

Edwin J. Houston, 1893-95

Louis Duncan, 1895-97

Francis B. Crocker, 1897-98

Arthur E. Kennelly, 1898-1900

AIEE presidents, including Steinmetz at center
AIEE presidents, including Steinmetz at center
Carl Hering, 1900-01

Charles P. Steinmetz, 1901-02

Charles F. Scott, 1902-03

Bion J. Arnold, 1903-04

John W. Lieb, 1904-05

Schuyler Skaats Wheeler, 1905-06

Samuel Sheldon, 1906-07

Henry G. Stott, 1907-08

Louis A. Ferguson, 1908-09

Lewis B. Stillwell, 1909-10

A group of past presidents at the AIEE Chicago Convention, June 29, 1911. Photo appears on page 1773 of the 50th Anniversary special issue of "Electrical Engineering." Back row (l-r) Gano Dunn, Dugald C. Jackson, Louis A. Ferguson, Schulyer S. Wheeler, John W. Lied, and Bion J. Arnold.  Front row (l-r) Francis C. Crocker, T. Commeford Martin, Frank J. Sprague and Charles P. Steinmetz.
A group of past presidents at the AIEE Chicago Convention, June 29, 1911. Photo appears on page 1773 of the 50th Anniversary special issue of "Electrical Engineering." Back row (l-r) Gano Dunn, Dugald C. Jackson, Louis A. Ferguson, Schulyer S. Wheeler, John W. Lied, and Bion J. Arnold. Front row (l-r) Francis C. Crocker, T. Commeford Martin, Frank J. Sprague and Charles P. Steinmetz.

Dugald C. Jackson, 1910-11

Gano Dunn, 1911-12

Ralph D. Mershon, 1912-13

C. O. Mailloux, 1913-14

Paul M. Lincoln, 1914-15

John J. Carty, 1915-16

Harold W. Buck, 1916-17

Edwin W. Rice, Jr., 1917-18

Comfort A. Adams, 1918-19

Calvert Townley, 1919-1920

Arthur W. Berresford, 1920-21

William McClellan, 1921-22

Frank B. Jewett, 1922-23

Harris J. Ryan, 1923-24

Farley Osgood, 1924-25

Michael I. Pupin, 1925-26

Cummings C. Chesney, 1926-27

Bancroft Gherardi, 1927-28

Rudolph F. Schuchardt, 1928-29

Harold B. Smith, 1929-30

William S. Lee, 1930-31

Charles E. Skinner, 1931-32

Harry P. Charlesworth, 1932-33

John B. Whitehead, 1933-34

J. Allen Johnson, 1934-35

Edward B. Meyer, 1935-36

Alexander M. MacCutcheon, 1936-37

William H. Harrison, 1937-38

John Castlereagh Parker, 1938-39

F. Malcolm Farmer, 1939-40

Royal W. Sorensen, 1940-41

David C. Prince, 1941-42

Harold S. Osborne, 1942-43

Nevin E. Funk, 1943-44

Charles A. Powel, 1944-45

William E. Wickenden, 1945-46

J. Elmer Housley, 1946-47

Blake D. Hull, 1947-48

Everett S. Lee, 1948-49

James F. Fairman, 1949-50

Titus G. LeClair, 1950-51

Fred O. McMillan, 1951-52

Donald A. Quarles, 1952-53

Elgin B. Robertson, 1953-54

Alexander C. Monteith, 1954-55

Morris D. Hooven, 1955-56

Mervin S. Coover, 1956-57

Walter J. Barrett, 1957-58

L. F. Hickernell, 1958-59

James H. Foote, 1959-60

Clarence H. Linder, 1960-61

Warren J. Chase, 1961-62

B. Richard Teare, Jr., 1962-63



See also Presidents of the IRE and Presidents of the IEEE.