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Biography

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Frank B. Jewett

Photo

Dates

September 5, 1879 – November 18, 1949

Authorized Form of Name

Jewett, Frank B. (Frank Baldwin), 1879-1949

Additional Forms of Names

Jewett, Frank Baldwin

Biography

Abstract

Frank Baldwin Jewett was President of Bell Laboratories (1925-1940). Other institutional affiliations included Western Electric Company and American Telephone and Telegraph Company. His research interests included the telephone industry and radios.

Important Dates

September 5, 1879Birth, Pasadena (Calif.).

1898Obtained AB, Throop Polytechnic Institute (now California Institute of Technology), Pasadena (Calif.).

1902Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1902 – 1904Instructor in Physics and Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1904 – 1912Transmission Engineer, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, New York (N.Y.).

1912 – 1925Assistant Chief Engineer (1912-1916); Chief Engineer (1916-1922); and Vice President (1921-1925), Western Electric Company, New York (N.Y.).

1918Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1919 – 1925Vice-Chair, Engineering Foundation.

1923 – 1927Chair, Division of Engineering and Industrial Research, National Research Council.

1925 – 1940Vice President, Development and Research, American Telephone and Telegraph Company.

1925 – 1944President (1925-1940) and Chair, Board of Directors (1940-1944), Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill (N.J.).

1933 – 1935Member, United States Science Advisory Board.

1939 – 1947President, National Academy of Sciences.

1940 – 1946Member, National Defense Research Committee, United States Office of Science Research and Development.

November 18, 1949Death, Summit (N.J.).

Occupation

Industrial physicist.

Places

Birth

Pasadena (Calif.)

Undergraduate Education

Pasadena (Calif.)

Graduate Education

Chicago (Ill.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Murray Hill (N.J.)

Subjects

Physics -- Industrial applications.

Radio research.

Telephone.

Vacuum-tubes.

Relationships

People

Family

Jewett, Fannie Frisbie

Wife. Married in 1905.

Jewett, Frank Baldwin, Jr.

Son.

Jewett, Harrison Leach

Son.

Jewett, Pauline

Sister.

Jewett, Phebe Mead

Mother.

Jewett, Stanley P.

Father.

Colleagues

Bode, Hendrik W. (Hendrik Wade), 1905-1982

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Buckley, Oliver Ellsworth, 1887-1959

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Coolidge, William David, 1873-1975

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Cross, Charles R. (Charles Robert), 1848-1921

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Cutler, Cassius Chapin

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Darlington, Sidney, 1906-1997

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Davisson, Clinton Joseph, 1881-1958

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fletcher, Harvey, 1884-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hunsaker, Jerome C. (Jerome Clarke), 1886-1984

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ives, Herbert Eugene, 1882-1953

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kelly, Mervin Joe

Both employed at Western Electric Laboratories and Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pfann, William G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Shankland, Robert S., 1908-

Both employed in the Office of Scientific Research and Development.

Shockley, William, 1910-1989

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Additional

Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981

Clark, W. Mansfield (William Mansfield), 1884-1964

Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-

Hoddeson, Lillian

Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993

MacInnes, Duncan A. (Duncan Arthur), 1885-1965

Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953

Ohl, Russell S.

Institutions

Major Positions

American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Transmission Engineer and Vice President, Development and Research.

Bell Telephone Laboratories

President and Chair, Board of Directors.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering

Instructor.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Instructor.

Western Electric Company

Assistant Chief Engineer; Chief Engineer; and Vice President.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Obtained AB (then Throop Polytechnic Institute).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

President and Member.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Chair.

United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development. National Defense Research Committee

Member.

United States. Science Advisory Committee

Member.

University of Chicago. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1902).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Frank Baldwin Jewett papers, 1939-1947.

National Academy of Sciences

2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20418, USA

Office of Scientific Research and Development [OSRD], 1939-1950 (bulk 1939-1947).

Office of the National Archives

National Archives and Records Administration

8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA

Subject

AT&T Archives and History Center records, 1869- present.

AT & T Archives and History Center

5 Reinman Road, Warren, NJ 07060, USA

Donald W. Kerst papers, 1937-1959.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Duncan A. MacInnes papers, 1926-1965.

Rockefeller Archive Center

15 Dayton Ave., Pocantico Hills, North Tarrytown, NY 10591-1598, USA

Lillian Hoddeson papers, 1904-2001.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

MIT Office of the President records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian, 1930-1959.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Oral history interview with Gerald Leondus Pearson, 1976 August 23 and 8 April 1980.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Gregory Breit, 1975 December 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with James Brown Fisk, 1976 June 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Karl K. Darrow, 1964 April 2 and 10 June.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Russell S. Ohl, 1976 August 19 and 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Robert A. Millikan papers, 1821-1953.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

W. Mansfield Clark papers, 1903-1964.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Frank Baldwin Jewett: 1879-1949", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Frank B. Jewett Physics Today obituary.