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Schuyler Skaats Wheeler

Schuyler Skaats Wheeler, American engineer.

Background

  • Wheeler, Schuyler Skaats was born on May 17, 1860 in New York, United States. Son of James Edwin and Annie (Skaats) Wheeler.

  • Education

    • Educated Columbia Grammar school and Columbia College. Doctor of Science, Hobart, 1894. Honorary Master of Science, Columbia, 1912.

    Career

    • Electrician Jablochkoff Elec. Light Company, until 1882. Next with United States Elec.

      Lighting Company; soon after became one of Edison’s engineering staff in charge of work at the first station at time of its starting, 1883, when incandescent light was introduced. Contributed many of the devices adopted. Later erected station apparatus at Fall River, Massachusetts, and Newburgh, New York Became electrician Herzog Teleseme Company.

      Electrician and manager C. & C. Electric Motor Company, 1886, first concern established for regular manufacturer of electric motors. Organized firm of Crocker & Wheeler, 1888. President of Crocker-Wheeler Company, Ampere, New Jersey, manufacturers electrical equipment, since 1889.

      Prominent in development of the electric motor and especially in direct application of electricity to driving tools. Elec. expert of Board of Elec. Control New York, 1888-1895.

      Inventor of numerous electrical and mechanic devices, especially in the early days, such as electric elevator, electric fire engine, series multiple motor control, paralleling of dynamos, etc. Received the John Scott medal of Franklin Institute, 1904, for invention of electric buzz fan, 1886. Brought to this country the Latimer Clark library, the largest collection of rare electrical books in existence (catalogued, 2 vols. illustrated, as the “Wheeler Gift”) and presented it to American Institute Elec.

      Engineers, 1901, which led to erection of United Engineering Society Building in New York, which he organized. Author of code of professional ethics for engrs. adopted by American Institute Elec. Engineers, 1912. Author: Practical Management of Dynamos and Motors (with Professor Francis B. Crocker), 1894.

      Home: Bernardsville, New Jersey.

    Works

    • Contributed many of the devices adopted. Later erected station apparatus at Fall River, Massachusetts, and Newburgh, New York Became electrician Herzog Teleseme Company. Electrician and manager C. & C. Electric Motor Company, 1886, first concern established for regular manufacturer of electric motors.

      Organized firm of Crocker & Wheeler, 1888. President of Crocker-Wheeler Company, Ampere, New Jersey, manufacturers electrical equipment, since 1889. Prominent in development of the electric motor and especially in direct application of electricity to driving tools.

      Elec. expert of Board of Elec. Control New York, 1888-1895. Inventor of numerous electrical and mechanic devices, especially in the early days, such as electric elevator, electric fire engine, series multiple motor control, paralleling of dynamos, etc.

      Received the John Scott medal of Franklin Institute, 1904, for invention of electric buzz fan, 1886. Brought to this country the Latimer Clark library, the largest collection of rare electrical books in existence (catalogued, 2 vols. illustrated, as the “Wheeler Gift”) and presented it to American Institute Elec. Engineers, 1901, which led to erection of United Engineering Society Building in New York, which he organized.

      Author of code of professional ethics for engrs. adopted by American Institute Elec. Engineers, 1912. Author: Practical Management of Dynamos and Motors (with Professor Francis B. Crocker), 1894.

    Connections

    • Married Ella Adams Peterson, April.; married second, Amy Sutton, October 1898.
    • father: James Edwin Wheeler
    • mother: Annie (Skaats) Wheeler
    • spouses: Ella Adams Peterson
    • Amy Sutton
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    Born March 17, 1860
    Died April 20, 1923
    (aged 63)
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