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educator , inventor , researcher , Engineering administrator

Donald Selwyn, American engineering administrator, researcher, inventor, educator. Decorated Knight of Malta; recipient Humanitarian award United States House of Representatives, 1972, Bicentennial Public Service award, 1975.


Selwyn, Donald was born on January 31, 1936 in New York City. Son of Gerald Selwyn and Ethel (Waxman) Selwyn) Moss.


Bachelor, Thomas A. Edison College New Jersey, 1977.


Service engineer, Bendix Aviation, Teterboro, New Jersey, 1956-1959; service manager, Bogue Electric Manufacturing Company, Paterson, New Jersey, 1959; proposal engineer advanced design group, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, East Paterson, New Jersey, 1960-1964; independent bioengr., rehabilitation engineering consultant, New York City, 1964-1967; president of the board of trustees, executive technical and training director, National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering, Hewitt, New Jersey, since 1967. Consultant New York State Office Vocational Rehabilitation, since 1964, President's Committee on Employment of Handicapped, since 1966, business and industry and for American with Disabilities Act compliance, also numerous state rehabilitation agys., health departments, volunteer groups, agys. for handicapped in foreign countries. Consultant, trainer computer applications.


  • Achievements include being the developer or co-developer field-expander glasses for hemianopsia, tunnel and monocular vision, electronic speech clarifiers, electronically guided wheelchairs, off-road vehicles and cars for quadriplegics, others. Patentee industrial, military and handicapped rehabilitation inventions. Expert, consultant on handicapped employment, handicapped product safety including design, manufacture, labelling and user instructional material, since 1990.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles on amateur radio, rehabilitation of severely and totally disabled to professional, general magazines.


Trustee National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering, Rehabilitation Research Center Trust. Member American Academy Consultants, I.E.E.E. (senior ), Society Technology Writers and Publications (senior ), National Rehabilitation Association, New York Academy of Sciences, Mensa.


Married Delia Nemec, March 11, 1956 (divorced March 1983). Children— Laurie, Gerald, Marcia. Married Myra Rowman Markoff, March 17, 1986.

Gerald Selwyn Moss

Ethel (Waxman) Selwyn) Moss

Delia Nemec

Myra Rowman Markoff

Marcia Selwyn

Laurie Selwyn

Gerald Selwyn