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Alexander Jay Wurts

electrical engineer

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Connections

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