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Charles Frederick Burgess

Charles Frederick Burgess, American chemical engineer. Awarded Octave Chanute medal by Western Society Engineers, 1911; Perkin medal of Chemical Societies, 1932; Edward Goodrich Acheson award, 1942.


  • Burgess, Charles Frederick was born on January 5, 1873 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Frederick and Anna A. (Heckman) Burgess.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, 1895, Electrical Engineer, 1897, Doctor of Philosophy., 1926. Doctor Engineering, Illinois Institute Technology, 1944.


    • Instructor and assistant professor electrical engineering, 1895-1900, professor applied electro-chemistry and chemical engineering, 1900-1913, University of Wisconsin Engineer for Wisconsin R.R. Commission, 1908-1913. President, chairman of board, C. F. Burgess Laboratory. Director Burgess-Parr Company and Burgess-Manning Company Inventor process for electrolytic purification of iron.

      Also inventor of various iron alloys, improvement in dry cells, etc. Has taken out over 400 patents covering various products and processes.


    • Author science and technical papers dealing with chemical engrg. subjects.


    Member District Draft Board for Southern Wisconsin, 1917-1918. Member International Jury of Awards, St. Louis Exposition, 1904. Member American Electrochemical Society (ex-president), Society Chemical Industry, American Chemical Society American Gas Institute, Western Society Engineers, American Electroplaters’ Society, Royal Institution of Great Britain, Beta Theta Pi, Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Chi Sigma.

    Clubs: University, Union League, Lake Shore (Chicago).


    • Married Ida M. Jackson, June 25, 1903. Children: Betty, Jackson.
    • father: Frederick Burgess
    • mother: Anna A. (Heckman) Burgess
    • spouse: Ida M. Jackson
    • children: Betty Burgess
    • Jackson Burgess
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    Born January 5, 1873
    Died February 13, 1945
    (aged 72)