Gano Dunn

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Gano Dunn
Born (1870-10-18)October 18, 1870
New York, NY
Died April 10, 1953(1953-04-10) (aged 82)
Institutions J. G. White Engineering Corporation[1]
Alma mater Columbia University
Notable awards IEEE Edison Medal (1937)[2]
Hoover Medal (1940)

Gano Dunn (October 18, 1870[3] – April 10, 1953 [4]) was President of Cooper Union, and an early President of the United States National Research Council.[5]

Dunn received the first degree in Electrical engineering granted by Columbia University. Dunn was president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers from 1911 to 1912. Gano Dunn served as treasurer and later Chairman of Trustees of the Simplified Spelling Board.[6]

While at Columbia University, Dunn's life was changed by assisting Nikola Tesla.

"Tesla solved the greatest problem in electrical engineering of his time. . . .
My contact as [Tesla’s] assistant at the historic Columbia University high frequency lecture afterward, has left an indelible impression and an inspiration which has influenced my life."[7]

Gano Dunn invented and patented many electronic and mechanical devices.


  1. ^ "DUNN TO GET HOOVER MEDAL". New York Sun. 4 October 1939. p. 10, col. 2-3. Retrieved 1 August 2014 – via IEEE Global History Network : Archives : Papers of Gano Dunn. "He was born in New York city[sic] and has been President of J. G. White Engineering Corporation since 1913." 
  2. ^ "Gano Dunn : Edison Medalist, 1937 : Presentation Ceremonies at Winter Convention, American Institute of Electrical Engineers, New York, N. Y.". 26 January 1938. Retrieved 1 August 2014 – via IEEE Global History Network : Archives : Papers of Gano Dunn. "I am overwhelmed by this honor, which has more meaning for me than anyone can ever know, for Thomas Alva Edison was one of the gods of my boyhood and from then on he has been one of the profoundest inspirations of my life.[...] I still cherish two of the first one-candlepower lamps that were ever made which Mr. Edison picked from a box and handed me as a present when I left. He did not complain that I did not take his job, and he afterward said I was right." 
  3. ^ "Extended History: Chronology 1859-1876". Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2014. "1870 [...] Oct. 18: Birth of Gano Dunn." 
  4. ^ "Gano Dunn". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "PEHI - Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions - Pilgrims Society membership list". Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Simplified Spelling Board Moves May 1 to Harvard". New York Tribune (New York, N.Y.). 10 April 1921. p. 7, col. 4. Retrieved 1 August 2014 – via Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. "Mr. Paine was elected treasurer, succeeding Gano Dunn, who was elected chairman of trustees." 
  7. ^ Kenneth L. Corum and James F. Corum, Ph.D. "Tesla’s Connection to Columbia University". 

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Preceded by
President of Cooper Union
Succeeded by
Edwin S. Burdell