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Philip Langdon Alger

electrical engineer , educator.

Philip Langdon Alger, American electrical engineer, educator. award for excellence in rotating machinery design established by Gen.


Alger, Philip Langdon was born on January 27, 1894 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Philip Rounseville and Louisa (Taylor) Alger.


Bachelor of Science, St. John’s College, Maryland., 1912, A.M., 1916. Bachelor of Science, Mass Institute Technology, 1915. Master of Science, Union College, Schenectady, 1920.

Doctor of Engineering, U. Colorado, 1968.


September 1945); children—Augusta Jordan (Mistress David C. Prince, Junior), John Rodgers Meigs, Andrew Dugald Langdon, Ann Vogdes (Mistress Gert Ehrlich). Married second, Helen Jackson Hubbell (deceased November 1974). Assistant instructor, research assistant Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1916-1917.

Induction motor engineering department, alternating current engineering department, staff assistant to manager engineering apparatus department General Electric Company, 1919-1951, construction engineering motor department, 1951-1958. Adjunct Professor electrical engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1958-1970. United States delegate plenary meeting International Electrotech.

Commission, Torquay, England, 1938. Chairman, Schenectady Charter League which sponsored adoption city manager government, 1934. Director Mohawk Development Service, Schenectady Bureau Municipal Research.


  • Author: The Nature of Polyphase Induction Machines, 1951. Mathematics for Science and Engineering, 1957, also Japanese edit. The Nature of Induction Machines, 1965.

    Induction Machines, Their Behavior and Uses, 1970. The Human Side of Engineering, 1972. Tales of My Life and Family, 1974.

    More Tales of my Life and Family, 1977. Also technical articles science mags. Co-author: Ethical Problems in Engineering, 1965.

    Co-compiler: Steinmetz-The Philosopher, 1965. Editor: The Life and Times of Gabriel Kron, 1969. Professional papers held at Union College Library, Schenectady.


Served as Lieutenant, ordnance department United States Army, 1917-1919. Philip L. Alger award for excellence in rotating machinery design established by General Electric Company, 1981. Fellow I.E.E.E. (Lamme medal 1958), Institution Elec.

Engineers, American Society Quality Control, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Ordnance Association, American Society Engineering Education, National Municipal League, American Mathematics Society, Newcomen Society, New York State Society Professional Engineers, American Philatelic Society, Societe Français des Electriciens, American Legion, United World Federalists, Virginia Society Cincinnati, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu (eminent.


Married Catharine E. Jackson, June 30, 1918 (deceased.; married second, Helen Jackson Hubbell (deceased. Children: Augusta Jordan (Mistress.

Philip Rounseville Alger

Louisa (Taylor) Alger

Catharine E. Jackson

Helen Jackson Hubbell

Augusta Jordan (Mrs Alger