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Wendell Frederick Hess

Wendell Frederick Hess, American educator, research director. Awarded Lincoln Gold Medal by American Welding Society; University Award of the Resistance Welder Manufacturers Association, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948; American Iron and Steel Institute Medal, 1944; John Price Weatherill Medal of Franklin Institute, 1948.


  • Hess, Wendell Frederick was born on January 1, 1903 in Troy, New York, United States. Son of Wendell, Junior and Anna Marie (Beiermeister) Hess.

  • Education

    • Electrical Engineer, Rensselaer Polytech. Institute, Troy, New York, 1925, Doctor Engineering, 1928.


    • Instructor Rensselaer Polytech. Institute, 1928-1930, assistant professor electrical engineering and physics, 1930-1937. Assistant professor metallurgical engineering, 1937-1938.

      Associate professor and head of welding laboratory, 1938-1945. Professor and head welding laboratory, 1945-1947, head department of metallurgical engineering since 1947, director research, since 1952, teacher course in welding to United States Navy Annapolis graduates, sent by bureau of Yards and Docks. 1929-1947.


    Fellow American Institute Elec. Engineer; member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, American Welding society (president, honorary life.


    • Married Grace Eleanor Towne, February 4, 1933. Children: Wendell Towne, Eleanor Sylvia, Frederick W., John.
    • father: Wendell Hess
    • mother: Anna Marie (Beiermeister) Hess
    • spouse: Grace Eleanor Towne
    • children: Wendell Towne Hess
    • Eleanor Sylvia Hess
    • Frederick W. Hess
    • John Hess
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    Born January 1, 1903
    Died April 21, 1954
    (aged 51)