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Elmer Sperry; inventor and engineer.

Author: Thomas Parke Hughes
Publisher: Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press [1971]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A major American inventor who obtained over 350 patents during his lifetime, Elmer Sperry contributed greatly to the momentous technological changes that occurred between 1880 and 1930. Best known for the Sperry gyrocompass and automatic pilot, his inventions included arc-light systems, mining machinery, electric automobiles and streetcars, and electrochemical processes..."--Book jacket.
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Hughes, Thomas Parke.
Elmer Sperry; inventor and engineer.
Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press [1971]
(OCoLC)595738894
Online version:
Hughes, Thomas Parke.
Elmer Sperry; inventor and engineer.
Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press [1971]
(OCoLC)609234081
Online version:
Hughes, Thomas Parke.
Elmer Sperry; inventor and engineer.
Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press [1971]
(OCoLC)609338222
Named Person: Elmer Ambrose Sperry; Elmer Sperry; Elmer Ambrose Sperry; Elmer Ambrose Sperry; Elmer Ambrose Sperry; Elmer Ambrose Sperry
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Parke Hughes
ISBN: 0801811333 9780801811333 0801847567 9780801847561
OCLC Number: 163135
Awards: Winner of Dexter Prize for an Outstanding Book on the History of Technology 1972 (United States)
Description: xvii, 348 pages illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits 26 cm
Contents: I. The cultivation of an inventor --
II. Chicago: The maturing of an inventor --
III. The inventor-entrepreneur --
IV. The Gyrostabilizer: A very powerful fulcrum in space --
V. Harnessing the rotation of the earth: The Gyrocompass --
VI. Organized experimentation and development: The Sperry Gyroscope Company --
VII. A beast of burden obsessed with motion: Stabilizing the airplane --
VIII. Brainmill for the military --
IX. The assumption of leadership: The Naval consulting board and the Aerial Torpedo --
X. Fulfillment and legacy --
Appendix A. Elmer Sperry patent applications maturing as patents --
Appendix B. Engineering and scientific papers of Elmer Sperry.
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