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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.


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


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.

Charles Penberton Wurts

Lauro (Jay) Wurts

Jeanie Lowrie Childs

Elizabeth R. Wurts