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Luis De Florez

consulting engineer.

Luis De Florez, American consulting engineer. Awarded the Collier Trophy 1943, for development Naval Aviation synthetic training; decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Legion Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Commander Military div. Order British Empire.


Florez, Luis De was born on March 4, 1889 in in New York City. Son of Rafael and Marie Stephanie (Bernard) deFlorez.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Mass Institute Technology, 1912. Doctor of Science, Rollins College, 1939. Doctor of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1946, Northwestern University, 1948.

Doctor of Science, Tufts College, 1946.


1 son, Peter Rafael. Began as research engineer Burgess Company, Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1912, W. A. Hall, chemical engineer, 1913. Chief engineer Hall Motor Fuel Limited company, England, 1914-1916. Construction engineering N.E. and Invincible Oil crops., 1919-1921.

Chief engineer N.E. Oil Refining Company, 1921-1923. Construction engineering A. D. Little & Company, Gasoline Products Company and Pierce Oil Company, 1923-1925. Construction engineering Texas Company and Gulf Refining Company 1926-1956, Standard Oil Corporation of New York, Vacuum Oil Company and Gasoline Products Company, 1929-1946.

Director The deFlorez Company, Incorporated. Director American-Optical Company, National Aviation Corporation, Douglas Aircraft Company, Incorporated. Engaged in the design, construction and operation of cracking plants for various oil refineries in the United States and foreign, 1913-1940.

Now aviation and mechanical engrs. consultant Inventions: deFlorez Cracking Process, deFlorez Temperature Control System, deFlorez Vertical Stills, Safety Drilling Systems, Remote Control Devices. Former president Flight Safety Foundation.


  • Contributor of technical articles to mags.


Served inspector naval construction in charge of research, design and production instruments and accessories, aviation, United States Navy Department, Washington, 1918-1919. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Clubs: Union, St. Anthony, Century Association (New York City).


Married Marian Elizabeth King, July 2, 1912.

Rafael Florez

Marie Stephanie (Bernard) Florez

Marian Elizabeth King