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educator , research director

Wendell Frederick Hess, American educator, research director. Awarded Lincoln Gold Medal by American Welding Society; University Award of the Resistance Welder Manufacturers Association, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948; American Iron and Steel Institute Medal, 1944; John Price Weatherill Medal of Franklin Institute, 1948.


Hess, Wendell Frederick was born on January 1, 1903 in Troy, New York, United States. Son of Wendell, Junior and Anna Marie (Beiermeister) Hess.


Electrical Engineer, Rensselaer Polytech. Institute, Troy, New York, 1925, Doctor Engineering, 1928.


Instructor Rensselaer Polytech. Institute, 1928-1930, assistant professor electrical engineering and physics, 1930-1937. Assistant professor metallurgical engineering, 1937-1938.

Associate professor and head of welding laboratory, 1938-1945. Professor and head welding laboratory, 1945-1947, head department of metallurgical engineering since 1947, director research, since 1952, teacher course in welding to United States Navy Annapolis graduates, sent by bureau of Yards and Docks. 1929-1947.


Fellow American Institute Elec. Engineer; member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, American Welding society (president, honorary life.


Married Grace Eleanor Towne, February 4, 1933. Children: Wendell Towne, Eleanor Sylvia, Frederick W., John.

Wendell Hess

Anna Marie (Beiermeister) Hess

Grace Eleanor Towne

Wendell Towne Hess

Eleanor Sylvia Hess

Frederick W. Hess

John Hess