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Nathan Cohn papers

Identifier: MC-0317

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Nathan Cohn from 1930 to 1987.

Materials include: IEEE fellowship records, presentations, writings, correspondence, articles, meeting minutes, notes, reports, photographs, and awards.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1987


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This collection is open.

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Biographical Note

Nathan Cohn, 1907-1989, received a BS, 1927, in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He worked in the field of control systems at Leeds & Northrup Company, Philadelphia, from 1927-1975. He designed several fundamental concepts and techniques for automatic control of generation and power flow that made possible the current wide-ranging grid networks of the United States, Canada, and other geographically large areas. For his work in power systems control he received the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Lamme Medal, Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, and Sperry Medal of the Instrument Society of America. In 1982 he received the IEEE Edison Medal for his career in the instrument, control and process computer industry. He was a Life Fellow of IEEE and the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. (1) 1. “Nathan Cohn - Engineering and Technology History Wiki.” Accessed April 8, 2020.


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  • 2020 April: Biographical note written by Folusho Jebutu.
  • 2021 November 1: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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