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Alexander Jay Wurts

Alexander Jay Wurts, American electrical engineer. Awarded John Scott medal by City of Philadelphia through Franklin Institute for inventions in lightning arresters.


  • Wurts, Alexander Jay was born on March 3, 1862 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles Penberton and Lauro (Jay) Wurts.

  • Education

    • Brother of John W.; Bachelor of Philosophy, Sheffield Scientific School (Yale), 1883. Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute Technology, 1884. Studied electricity under Professor Kohlrausch, Polytechnikum, Hanover, Germany, 1884-1886.


    • On technical staff Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, 1887-1898. Manager Nernst Company, 1898-1904. General engineer Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, 1904-1905.

      Professor applied electricity and head of electrical department, Carnegie Institute Technology, 1905-1921, professor engineering research, same, since 1921. Chairman student welfare, since 1924. Discoverer of the five nonarcing metals.


    • Married Jeanie Lowrie Childs, June 30, 1890 (died 1924). Married second, Elizabeth R. Wurts, 1927.
    • father: Charles Penberton Wurts
    • mother: Lauro (Jay) Wurts
    • spouses: Jeanie Lowrie Childs
    • Elizabeth R. Wurts
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    Died 1932
    (aged 69)