James E. Gleason

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James Emmet Gleason (November 27, 1869 - February 10, 1964) was an American mechanical engineer, President of the Gleason Corporation, and inventor. He was awarded the ASME Medal in 1939.[1]

Gleason was born in Rochester, New York, son of the Irish immigrant William Gleason (1836-1922), founder of the Gleason Corporation, and Ellen (McDermott) Gleason.[2] He studied mechanical engineer at Cornell University. After his graduation he started his lifelong career at the Gleason Corporation, manufacturer of precision machine tools. He was president from 1922 to 1947, and until his death chairman of the board. He served as president of the National Machine Tool Builders Association.[1] He was the brother of pioneering female engineer and businesswoman Kate Gleason.

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  1. ^ a b "JAMES E. GLEASON, MACHINE MAKER, 95," The New York Times, Feb. 13, 1964
  2. ^ John William Leonard, William Frederick Mohr, Herman Warren Knox. Who's who in New York City and State, Vol. 11. 1947. p. 397