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John Williams Davis

John Williams Davis, American engineer. Member commission to Toronto, Canada, on establishment of schools of military aeronautics in the United States, 1917.

Background

  • Davis, John Williams was born on November 21, 1887 in Petersburg, Virginia, United States. Son of Richard Beale and Annie Warwick (Hall) Davis.

  • Education

    • Preparatory education, Petersburg Academy, 1897-1904. Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, 1904-1906. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell Univercity, 1910.

      Master of Science, University of Illinois, 1917.

    Career

    • Instructor in electrical engineering, Harvard University, 1910-1911, Vanderbilt, 1912-1913, Stanford, 1913-1914, University of Illinois, 1914-1917. Also with various engineering firms for short periods, 1910-1917. Research in helium gas, United States Bureau Mines (inventor process for separation of helium from natural gas), 1919-1925.

      Head of development div., later head of technical department Atmospheric Nitrogen Corporation, Syracuse, New York, and Hopewell, Virginia, 1925-1929. Has been construction engineering, Atmospheric Nitrogen Corporation and The Solvay Process Company, since 1929(inventor of improvements in processes for nitrogen fixation).

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Member commission to Toronto, Canada, on establishment of schools of military aeronautics in the United States, 1917.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Grimes Walker, October 22, 1921. Children: John Williams, Elizabeth Walker, Timothy Pickering.
    • father: Richard Beale Davis
    • mother: Annie Warwick (Hall) Davis
    • spouse: Elizabeth Grimes Walker
    • children: John Williams Davis
    • Elizabeth Walker Davis
    • Timothy Pickering Davis
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    Born November 21, 1887
    Died October 4, 1938
    (aged 50)
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