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Herbert Eugene Ives


Born in Philadelphia. Received B. S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1905 and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1908. Married Mabel Agnes Lorenz November 14, 1908. They had two sons and a daughter.

Employed with his father's company Ives Kromskop Company 1898 to 1901. Physicist with the Bureau of Standards in Washington, D. C. 1908 to 1909. Physicist with the National Electric Lamp Association, later General Electric. With United Gas Improvement Company in Philadelphia. He served with the Signal Corps in 1918 and conducted experiments in aerial photography. Physicist with Western Electric and later Bell Telephone Laboratories 1919 to 1947. During WW II he was with the National Defense Research Committee 1941 to 1946. He was responsible for many inventions related to optics and photography. He received a medal from the Franklin Institute, the Rumford Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and many other awards. He painted more than 100 portraits in oil.

He served as 14th President of the ANS from January 10, 1942, to January 11, 1947. Ives appears on a medal issued by the ANS. He died in New York City. His collection was sold at auction by Edward Gans May 4, 1955.

bio: EAB; NCAB 15 (photo), 41 (photo); WWWA-3

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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