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William Henry Smyth

William Henry Smyth, British engineer. member American Academy Political and Social Science.

Background

  • Smyth, William Henry was born on May 16, 1855 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. Son of Henry and Ann Jane (Finglass) Smyth.

  • Education

    • Educated Yorkshire College of Technology, Leeds, followed by apprenticeship with Kitson & Company, Leeds. Draftsman with Asquith & Company, Leeds, 1874-1876. Came to the United States.

      In general practice as construction engineering, since 1879.

    Career

    • Inventor of many machines and devices, including a drag-saw, 1879. Many machines for making, soldering, testing and heading cans, 1889-1903. Mechanic movement, 1890.

      Pneumatic apparatus, 1896. Hydraulic and chain bucket dredger, 1898. Air compressor valve, 1899.

      Art of utilizing heat energy, 1900. Internally fired engine, 1900. Ore roasting furnace, mechanic stoker, valve, etc., 1901.

      Printing press, 1902. Deep well pump, 1903. Also inventor of system of raising water by direct explosion on its surface, later universally known as the direct explosion pump.

      Segmental cargo boat for war use, 1917. Power drive-chain, 1920. Roller-hinge for heavy-duty chain, 1921.

      Track-layer chain, 1922. Resilient-track tractor, 1922. High-speed tractor, 1922.

      Track-layer track-assembly, 1923. Two-point-support wheel-base track-layer, 1923. Convertible tractor, 1924.

      Combined tracklayer and round-wheel tractor, 1925. Friction-drive track-layer, 1928. Military tractor, 1929.

      Convertible noiseless track-layer tractor, 1932. Convertible tractor, 1932. New system of highspeed, non-stop, railroad transportation, 1933.

      Life fellow Royal Economics Society (London). Fellow American Geography Society. Member American Academy Political and Social Science.

      Author: Is the Inventive Faculty a Myth, 1895. Technocracy—National Industrial Management, 1917. Federation of Nations, 1922.

      The Story of the Stadium, 1923. Concerning Irascible Strong, 1926. Did Man and Woman Descend from Different Animals? A New Theory of the Origin of the Sexes, 1927.

      Coming Events, “Social Credit” Criticized, The Truth About Technocracy, 1933. National Master Code—Industrial Constitution for National Industrial Management, 1934. Women in Industry, 1934.

      Money and Currency, 1935. Problem of Crime, 1938. Also many essays on economics and social science.

      Home: Berkeley, Calif.

    Works

    • Author: Is the Inventive Faculty a Myth, 1895. Technocracy—National Industrial Management, 1917. Federation of Nations, 1922.

      The Story of the Stadium, 1923. Concerning Irascible Strong, 1926. Did Man and Woman Descend from Different Animals? A New Theory of the Origin of the Sexes, 1927.

      Coming Events, “Social Credit” Criticized, The Truth About Technocracy, 1933. National Master Code—Industrial Constitution for National Industrial Management, 1934. Women in Industry, 1934.

      Money and Currency, 1935. Problem of Crime, 1938. Also many essays on economics and social science.

    Membership

    Member American Academy Political and Social Science.

    Connections

    • Married Helen Pauline Bradshaw, 1884.
    • father: Henry Smyth
    • mother: Ann Jane (Finglass) Smyth
    • spouse: Helen Pauline Bradshaw
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    Born March 16, 1855
    Died February 18, 1940
    (aged 84)
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