William Comings White
William Comings White (1890–1965) was an electrical engineer. He was research assistant to, and cousin of, the Nobel Prize winning chemist Irving Langmuir at the General Electric research laboratory. He was born in Brooklyn and lived most of his life in Schenectady, NY and lived on Lowell Road in the GE Plot.
He helped to develop the Kenotron and Pliotron, two- and three-electrode vacuum tubes, which could be exhausted to an exceedingly high vacuum.
He was awarded an honorary degree by Columbia University in 1948.
His papers are housed at the Schaffer Library Special Collections Department of Union College.
- ^ The American Engineer. National Society of Professional Engineers. 1967. p. 18. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
- ^ Langmuir, Irving (1960). The Collected Works of Irving Langmuir. Pergamon Press. p. 101. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
- ^ Birr, Kendall (1957). Pioneering in Industrial Research: The Story of the General Electric Research Laboratory. PublicAffairs. p. 52. ISBN 9780598740366. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
- ^ Leonard, John William; Downs, Winfield Scott; Lewis, M. M. (1922-01-01). Who's who in Engineering. John W. Leonard Corporation.
- ^ Bucher, Elmer E. (1919). Vacuum Tubes in Wireless Communication.
- ^ "COLUMBIA DEGREES ARE GIVEN TO". New York Times. 1948-06-02. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
- ^ "William Comings White Papers, ca. 1924-1955 | Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation". www.invention.si.edu. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-04.