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Arthur Lyman Williston

engineer , educator

Arthur Lyman Williston, American engineer, educator.


Williston, Arthur Lyman was born on October 11, 1868 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Lyman Richards and Anne E. (Gale) Williston.


Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1889, graduate course, 1889-1890.


Assistant to chief engineer C.C.C.&St. Louis Railway, 1890-1891. Instructor steam engineering Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1891-1892. Mechanic engineer Lockwood & Greene, Boston, 1892-1893.

Director department industrial arts and professor engineering, Ohio State University, 1893-1898. Director School of Science and Technology, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1898-1910. Principal Wentworth Institute, Boston, 1910-1924.

Director educational and industrial survey, Norwood, Massachusetts, 1925-1927. Educational research and assistant to director American Council on Education, Washington, District of Columbia, 1927-1932. Member Hawkes Committee on Personnel Research, 1929-1932.

International examiner in steam engineering and machine design, Young Men’s Christian Association, 1902-1914. Member expert advisory committee Carnegie Technology Schools, Pittsburgh, 1902-1905. Educational expert for Reed College, Boston School Committee, 1908, also for superintendent of schools, New York City, 1908-1909, for Wentworth Institute, 1908-1910, Ohio Mechanics Institute, Cincinnati, 1917-1918.

Ednl. director New England education and special training committee United States War Department, 1918-1919. Organizer and director for United States War Department of Boston School of Occupational Therapy, 1918-1919. American delegate World Federation of Education, Edinburgh, 1925, World Conference on Adult Education, Copenhagen, 1926.


  • Author: Beyond the Horizon of Science, 1944.


Member Executive Comm. (N.E. Branch) Committee to Defend America by Aid to Allies, 1940-1941. Member Council and secretary Citizens Committee for a National War Service Act, 1942-1946.

Member American Society Mech. Engineers (president Boston section 1916-1917), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Federation of Arts, National Education Association (president vocational education and practical arts department, 1912-1914.


Married Irene L. Simmons, June 21, 1893 (died May 1, 1924). Married second, Mary de F. Denny, December 9, 1925.

Lyman Richards Williston

Anne E. (Gale) Williston

Irene L. Simmons

Mary de F. Denny