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Miller Reese Hutchison

Miller Reese Hutchison, American inventor, engineer. Awarded diploma of academic correspondent by International Academy Letters and Science, Naples, 1922, also Cross of Honor “for scientific and literary achievements,” by same, 1925.

Background

  • Hutchison, Miller Reese was born on August 6, 1876 in Montrose, Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Son of William Peter and Tracie (Magruder) Hutchison.

  • Education

    • Student Marion Military Institute, 1889-1891, Spring Hill College, 1891-1892, University Military Institute, Mobile, 1892-1895. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineer, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1897, Electrical Engineer, 1913. Doctor of Philosophy., Spring Hill College, 1914.

      Attended Alabama Medical College.

    Career

    • Chief electrical engineer United States Light House Establishment, 7th and 8th districts, during Spanish-American War, engaged in laying submarine mines and cables, Gulf Harbors. Established Hutchison Laboratory, New York, 1899. Invented and marketed many electrical and mechanic appliances among which are “Acousticon” for the deaf, “Dictograph,” “Klaxon Horn”.

      Has been granted several hundred patents. Presented with special gold medal by Queen of England for exceptional merit in the field of invention, 1902. Present at Coronation Edward VII and Alexandra, Westminster Abbey, 1902.

      Awarded gold medals, St. Louis Exposition, 1904 for Acousticon and commercially operated wireless telephone. Became associated with Thomas A. Edison, 1910, in special work on storage batteries. Appointed chief engineer Edison Laboratory and all affiliated Edison interests, chief engineer to and personal representative of Thomas A. Edison, 1913, and in addition advisory manager Edison Storage Battery Company, 1912-1917.

      Engineer adviser Thomas A. Edison, 1917-1918. Formed Miller Reese Hutchison, Inc., January 1, 1917, to act as sole distributors Edison Storage Batteries for all government purposes all nations, of which became president. Sold rights back to Edison Company, June 5, 1918, to devote entire time to government service for period of war.

      Proprietor Hutchison Laboratory. Honorary commissioner of Department of Electricity, St. Louis Exposition, 1904. Member International Elec.

      Congress, St. Louis, 1904, International Engineering Congress, San Francisco, 1915. Member Naval Consulting Board.

    Membership

    Member American Academy Political and Social Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Elctrical Engineering, American Institute Radio Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society Naval Engineers, National Institute Social Sciences, Navy League United States, New York Elec. Society, Society Automotive Engineers, National Geography Society, Society American Military Engineers, United States Naval Institute, Optical Society American, Kappa Alpha (Southern), Accademia Internazionale di lettre e Scienze (Napoli), Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (London).

    Connections

    • Married Martha J. Pomeroy, May 31, 1901.
    • father: William Peter Hutchison
    • mother: Tracie (Magruder) Hutchison
    • spouse: Martha J. Pomeroy
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    Born August 6, 1876
    Died February 16, 1944
    (aged 67)
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