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Forrest Robert Jones

Forrest Robert Jones, American engineer. Member American Society Mech. Engineers, Society Promotion Engineering Education, Sigma Xi.


  • Jones, Forrest Robert was born on December 12, 1861 in Cincinnati. Son of Martin Ryan and Susan (Hageman) Jones.

  • Education

    • Mechanical Engineering, Cornell, 1888.


    • Apprentice Niles Tool Works, 1881-1884. Designer and experimenter, Edison’s laboratory and phonograph works, Orange, New Jersey, 1888. In charge of electric railway and lighting plant construction, Western Engineering Company and Edison General Company, 1889-1890.

      Superintendent mechanic department, 1890-1901. Professor mechanic arts, 1901-1902, University of Tennessee. Professor machine design, University of Wisconsin, 1892-1899.

      Professor drawing and machine design, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1899-1903. Professor machine design, Sibley College, Cornell, 1903-1905. President Manhattan Automobile School, New York, since 1905.

      Designed machinery for phonograph manufacture and for putting high resistance insulation on wires, 1888. Visited the principal technical schools, and many of the commercial manufacturing establishments in England and on the continent to study their methods, giving special attention to gas and oil engines and gas producers for power purposes, 1902-1903.


    • Author: Notes on Iron and Steel, 1895. Machine Design, Vol. I, 1898, Vol. II, 1899
    • Automobile Catechism, 1906.

      The Gas Engine, 1909. Electric Ignition for Combustion Motors, 1912. Also contributions to publications of technical societies, periodicals and correspondence schools.


    Member American Society Mech. Engineers, Society Promotion Engineering Education, Sigma Xi.


    • Married Miss Johnnie House Fletcher, of Knoxville, Tennessee, October 17, 1892.
    • father: Martin Ryan Jones
    • mother: Susan (Hageman) Jones
    • spouse: Miss Johnnie House Fletcher
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    Born December 12, 1861