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Arthur E. Kennelly papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-0328

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists primarily of Massachusetts Institute of Technoloy professor of electrical engineering Arthur Kennelly's correspondence, 1916-1920, dealing with the need for standards in electrical engineering, the measurement of radio waves, and other topics. Copies of selected Kennelly correspondence, dating from 1904-1935, were compiled by Richard H. Frazier for a research project about Kennelly, and have been retained in the collection; originals are held by the American Philosophical Society Library.


  • Creation: 1904 - 1935


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Arthur Edwin Kennelly, 1861-1939, was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1913-1924. He was educated in private schools in France and England and at the University College School of London. He was principal electrical assistant to Thomas A. Edison, 1887-1894; a member of the firm of Houston and Kennelly, Philadelphia (Pa.), consulting electrical engineers, 1894-1902. He was active in the development of the field of electrical engineering; his work encompassed electricity, radio, and mathematics. He was a co-discoverer of the ionized layer of air surrounding the earth, now known as the "Kennelly-Heaviside layer."


1 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

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Location of Originals

Selected correspondence, 1904-1935, American Philosophical Society Library, 105 S. Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386, 215-440-3400.

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