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Andrey Abraham Potter

engineer , educator.

Andrey Abraham Potter, Russian engineer, educator. Award, 1943; award, 1952; Award, 1953; award 1955; award in 1964.


Potter, Andrey Abraham was born on August 5, 1882 in Vilna, Russia. Son of Gregor and Rivza (Pelonsky) Potter.


Came to the United States, 1897, naturalized, 1906. Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1903. Doctor of Engineering, Kansas State College, 1925, Rose Poly Institute, 1947, South Dakota School Mines and Technology, 1949, Purdue University, 1955, Michigan State University, 1956.

Doctor of Science, Northeastern U., 1936, Alfred U., 1947, Northwestern University, 1953. Doctor of Laws, Norwich U., 1944. Doctor of Engineering, Indiana Institute of Technology, 1964.


With General Electric Company, Schenectady, 1903-1905, Lynn, Massachusetts, 1913. Assistant professor mechanic engineering, Kansas State College, 1905-1910, professor, 1910-1920, dean div. of engineering and director Engineering Experiment Station, 1913-1920. Dean of engineering schools and director Engineering Experiment Station, Purdue University, 1920-1953, dean emeritus of engineering, 1953-1979, acting president, 1945-1946.

Consultant; executive director National Patent Planning Committee, 1942-1945. Consultant Michigan State University, 1953-1954. President Purdue Research Foundation, 1945-1946, Bituminous Coal Research, Inc., 1950-1960.

Member board National Science Foundation, 1950-1958. Cons. and member of advisory bds. many governmental bds., coms. and commissions Lamme Medalist 1940. Washington Award, 1943.

United States Navy distinguished public service award, 1952. Cyrus Hall McCormick Award, 1953. National Society Professional Engineers award 1955.

75th Anniversary medal American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1955. BCR award in 1964.


  • Author numerous engineering books. Advisory editor publications. Contributor numerous mags.


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (vice president 1939), American Society Engineering Education (president 1924-1925), American Engineering Council (president 1936-1938), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (president 1932-1933. Member 1945); member numerous professional and scientific associations and orgns. Mason (33 degree).


Married Eva Burtner Potter, June 28, 1906. Children: James Gregor, Helen.

Gregor Potter

Rivza (Pelonsky) Potter

Eva Burtner Potter

James Gregor Potter

Helen Potter