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Arthur Lyman Williston

Arthur Lyman Williston, American engineer, educator.


  • Williston, Arthur Lyman was born on October 11, 1868 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Lyman Richards and Anne E. (Gale) Williston.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1889, graduate course, 1889-1890.


    • Assistant to chief engineer C.C.C.&St. Louis Railway, 1890-1891. Instructor steam engineering Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1891-1892. Mechanic engineer Lockwood & Greene, Boston, 1892-1893.

      Director department industrial arts and professor engineering, Ohio State University, 1893-1898. Director School of Science and Technology, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1898-1910. Principal Wentworth Institute, Boston, 1910-1924.

      Director educational and industrial survey, Norwood, Massachusetts, 1925-1927. Educational research and assistant to director American Council on Education, Washington, District of Columbia, 1927-1932. Member Hawkes Committee on Personnel Research, 1929-1932.

      International examiner in steam engineering and machine design, Young Men’s Christian Association, 1902-1914. Member expert advisory committee Carnegie Technology Schools, Pittsburgh, 1902-1905. Educational expert for Reed College, Boston School Committee, 1908, also for superintendent of schools, New York City, 1908-1909, for Wentworth Institute, 1908-1910, Ohio Mechanics Institute, Cincinnati, 1917-1918.

      Ednl. director New England education and special training committee United States War Department, 1918-1919. Organizer and director for United States War Department of Boston School of Occupational Therapy, 1918-1919. American delegate World Federation of Education, Edinburgh, 1925, World Conference on Adult Education, Copenhagen, 1926.


    • Author: Beyond the Horizon of Science, 1944.


    Member Executive Comm. (N.E. Branch) Committee to Defend America by Aid to Allies, 1940-1941. Member Council and secretary Citizens Committee for a National War Service Act, 1942-1946.

    Member American Society Mech. Engineers (president Boston section 1916-1917), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Federation of Arts, National Education Association (president vocational education and practical arts department, 1912-1914.


    • Married Irene L. Simmons, June 21, 1893 (died May 1, 1924). Married second, Mary de F. Denny, December 9, 1925.
    • father: Lyman Richards Williston
    • mother: Anne E. (Gale) Williston
    • spouses: Irene L. Simmons
    • Mary de F. Denny
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