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John Williams Davis

engineer

John Williams Davis, American engineer. Member commission to Toronto, Canada, on establishment of schools of military aeronautics in the United States, 1917.

Background

Davis, John Williams was born on November 21, 1887 in Petersburg, Virginia, United States. Son of Richard Beale and Annie Warwick (Hall) Davis.

Education

Preparatory education, Petersburg Academy, 1897-1904. Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, 1904-1906. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell Univercity, 1910.

Master of Science, University of Illinois, 1917.

Career

Instructor in electrical engineering, Harvard University, 1910-1911, Vanderbilt, 1912-1913, Stanford, 1913-1914, University of Illinois, 1914-1917. Also with various engineering firms for short periods, 1910-1917. Research in helium gas, United States Bureau Mines (inventor process for separation of helium from natural gas), 1919-1925.

Head of development div., later head of technical department Atmospheric Nitrogen Corporation, Syracuse, New York, and Hopewell, Virginia, 1925-1929. Has been construction engineering, Atmospheric Nitrogen Corporation and The Solvay Process Company, since 1929(inventor of improvements in processes for nitrogen fixation).

Membership

Member commission to Toronto, Canada, on establishment of schools of military aeronautics in the United States, 1917.

Connections

Married Elizabeth Grimes Walker, October 22, 1921. Children: John Williams, Elizabeth Walker, Timothy Pickering.

father:
Richard Beale Davis

mother:
Annie Warwick (Hall) Davis

spouse:
Elizabeth Grimes Walker

children:
John Williams Davis

Elizabeth Walker Davis

Timothy Pickering Davis