Edwin Houston

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Edwin J. Houston: Biography

Born: 9 July 1847

Died: 1 March 1914

Edwin J. Houston was born 9 July 1847 in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from Central High School in 1864. He was later awarded an honorary doctorate from Princeton University.

Houston was one of the inventors of the Thomson-Houston system of arc lighting. He was also well known for having been the chief engineer at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

Houston dedicated much energy to education. He served as chair of the Natural Philosophy and Physical Geography department of Central High School in Philadelphia. He was also an emeritus professor with that city’s Franklin Institute. Houston was president of the AIEE from 1893 to 1895 and was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Institute of Mining Engineers.

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