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Vladimir Karapetoff

electrical engineer.

Vladimir Karapetoff, Russian electrical engineer. Awarded Montefiore prize, 1923, and Elliot Cresson gold medal, Franklin Institute, 1927, both for kinematic models of electrical machinery. Lieutenant commander United States Naval Reserve since 1933, assigned to engring duties for special service.


Karapetoff, Vladimir was born on January 8, 1876 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Son of Nikita Ivanovitch and Anna Joakimovna (Ivanova) Karapetoff.


C.E., Institute of Ways of Communication, St. Petersburg, 1897, Master of Mechanical Engineering, 1902. Technische Hochschule, Darmstadt, Germany, 1899-1900. Honorary Museum Doctor, New York College of Music, 1934.

Honorary Doctor of Science, Polytechnic Institute Brooklyn, 1937.


Consulting engineer for Russian Government, and instructor electrical engineering and hydraulics in 3 colls., St. Petersburg, 1897-1902. Special engineering apprentice with Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, E. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1903-1904. Professor electrical engineering Cornell Univercity, 1904-1939.

Professor emeritus since 1939. Visiting professor for graduate students, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 1930-1932. Lecturer Stevens Institute Technology, 1939-1940.

Cons. engineer and patent expert to various enterprises. With J. G. White & Company, Inc., engineers and contractors, 1911-1912. Inventor and patentee of several electrical devices and of five-stringed cello.


  • Author: Ueber Mehrphasige Stromsysteme, 1900. Resistance of Ships to Propulsion (in Russian), 1st part 1902, 2d part 1911. Experimental Electrical Engineering, 2 vols., 1908.

    The Electric Circuit, 1910. The Magnetic Circuit, 1911. Engineering Applications of Higher Mathematics, part I, 1911.

    Parts II to V, 1916

  • Rhythmical Tales of Stormy Years (poems), 1937. Also numerous articles in engineering mags. and translations Research editor of the Electrical World, 1917-1926. Gave several series of public piano recitals.

    Developed five-stringed cello and plays it in public. Lecturer on engineering, and on moral and psychological topics. Chairman commission on physics of Conference on Electrical Insulation, National Research Council, 1928-1935, Chairman of Commission on monographs, 1935-1938.

    Consultant to the United States Board of Economic Warfare, 1942-1943. Consultant to Bethlehem Steel corporation since 1944.


Member of the board of trustees, Ithaca College, 1932-1939, chairman, 1933-1936. Member of the United States Naval Institute, United States Naval Reserve Officers’ Association, International Jury Awards, Panama P.I. Exposition, San Francisco, 1915. Member of advisory board United States Naval Academy, 1916.

Christian.; Fellow American Institute of Elctrical Engineering, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society. Member American Association University professors (charter), American Mathematics Society, Mathematics Association America, Franklin Institute, Sigma Xi. Member Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Mu Alpha (Sinfonia), Theta Xi.


Married Frances Lulu Gillmor, August 2, 1904 (died 1931). Married second, Rosalie Margaret Cobb, November 25, 1936.

Nikita Ivanovitch Karapetoff

Anna Joakimovna (Ivanova) Karapetoff

Frances Lulu Gillmor

Rosalie Margaret Cobb