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Matthew Luckiesh

physicist , electrical engineer.

Matthew Luckiesh, American physicist., electrical engineer. Awarded Longstreth medal and certificate by Franklin Institute for work on visibility of airplanes; gold medal by Distinguished Service Foundation of Optometry for researches in seeing; medalist of Illuminating Engineering Society.


Luckiesh, Matthew was born on September 14, 1889 in Maquoketa, Iowa, United States. Son of John and Frances (Root) L.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineer, Purdue, 1909, D.E., 1935. Master of Science, State University Iowa, 1911. Electrical Engineer, Iowa State College, 1912, Doctor of Science, 1926.


Instructor State University Iowa, 1909-1910. Physicist, Nela Research laboratories, 1910-1920. Director applied science Nela Research laboratories, National Lamp Works of General Electric Company, 1920-1924.

Director Lighting Research Laboratory, Lamp Department of General Electric Company, 1924-1950. Consultant on light, lighting, color since 1950, Chairman commission on camouflage, National Research Council, World War I.


  • Author numerous books relating to field. Latest being: Applications of Germicidal, Erythemal and Infrared Energy, 1946. Also many contributions to science and technical jours.


Member Edison Electric Institute, Illuminating Engineering Society (president 1925), American Institute of Elctrical Engineering, American Physical Society, Franklin Institute, Optical Society American, American Academy Optometry, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi. Club: The Country.


Married Helen C. Pitts, January 31, 1928. Children: Nancy Pitts, Helen Margaret.

John Luckiesh

Frances (Root) Luckiesh

Helen C. Pitts

Nancy Pitts Luckiesh

Helen Margaret Luckiesh