Edward Lawry Norton
Edward Lawry Norton
July 28, 1898
|Died||January 28, 1983 (aged 84)|
|Education||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS)|
Columbia University (MA)
|Spouse||Blanche Lockwood Norton|
|Children||John L. Norton|
|Significant advance||Norton's theorem|
His areas of active research included network theory, acoustical systems, electromagnetic apparatus, and data transmission. A graduate of MIT and Columbia University, he held nineteen patents on his work.
Edward L. Norton is best remembered for development of the dual of Thevenin's equivalent circuit, currently referred to as Norton's equivalent Circuit.
He was interested in communications circuit theory and the transmission of data at high speeds over telephone lines. Norton began his telephone career in 1922 with the western Electric Company's Engineering Department (which later became Bell Laboratories).
He attended the University of Maine for two years before transferring to M.I.T. and received a S.B. degree (electrical engineering) in 1922. He received an M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1925.
Norton and his associates at AT&T in the early 1920s are recognized as some of the first to perform pioneering work applying Thevenin's equivalent circuit and who referred to this concept simply as Thévenin's theorem.
In 1926, he proposed the equivalent circuit using a current source and parallel resistor to assist in the design of recording instrumentation that was primarily current driven.
Norton died on January 28, 1983, in King James Nursing Home, Chatham, New Jersey.
- History of the ASA https://asahistory.org/history-of-the-asa/
- News Notes. The Acoustical Society of America was formed at a meeting held here on December 27 (page 253) https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Bell-Laboratories-Record/20s/Bell-Laboratories-Record-1929-Feb.pdf
- Media related to Edward Lawry Norton at Wikimedia Commons
- Edward L. Norton Short biographical sketch. Includes photographs and quotations.
- Origins of the Equivalent Circuit Concept by Don H. Johnson Includes photos and biographical sketches of Norton and other inventors of the "equivalent circuit" concept.