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Daniel Frost Comstock

physicist , engineer

Daniel Frost Comstock, American physicist, engineer. Member National Advisory Council to Committee on Patents, House of Representatives, 1939.; Fellow American Academy Arts and Science, American Physical Society; member American Chemical Society.; Club: St. Botolph (Boston).


Comstock, Daniel Frost was born on August 14, 1883 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Ezra Young and Nellie Preston (Barr) Comstock.


Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1904. Studied University of Berlin, 1905, University of Zurich, 1905-1906, University of Basel, 1906, Doctor of Philosophy., studied University of Cambridge, England, 1906-1907, under Josip Juraj Thomson.


Appointed to teaching staff, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1904, instructor in theoretical physics, 1905-1910, assistant professor, 1910-1915, associate professor, 1915-1917. Directed scientific work on development of means for detection of hostile submarines, World War I, president Comstock & Wescott, Inc., Engineers 1912-1914. Vice president Kalmus, Comstock & Wescott, Inc., engrs., 1914-1925.

Director of scientific work on, and principal inventor of the process for producing Motion Pictures in natural color known as the Technicolor process, developed by Kalmus, Comstock & Wescott, Inc., for the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, during 1914-1925. Vice president Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, 1918-1925. President Comstock & Westcott, Inc., 1925-1967, Chairman of the Board, 1967-1970.

Engaged almost exclusively with research and development on war projects during World World War II. Now engage in industrial research. President, treasurer, director Stator Company, co-inventor of new refrigeration process owned by same.


  • Author: Nature of Matter and Electricity (with L.T. Troland), 1917. Contributor original research articles on modern theory of electricity and optics to American and English technical journals.


Member National Advisory Council to Committee on Patents, House of Representatives, 1939. Fellow American Academy Arts and Science, American Physical Society. Member American Chemical Society.

Club: St. Botolph (Boston).


Married Joan Barton, June 30, 1925. Children: Daniel Frost, Charles Barton.

Ezra Young Comstock

Nellie Preston (Barr) Comstock

Joan Barton

Daniel Frost Comstock

Charles Barton Comstock