Cyril G. Veinott

Cyril G. Veinott
Cyril G. Veinott
Somerville, MA, USA
Death date
Associated organizations
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence, IEEE Nikola Tesla Award


Cyril G. Veinott was born on February 15, 1905 in Somerville, Mass. He graduated with a B.S. (E.E.) degree from the University of Vermont in 1926, and was subsequently awarded the Professional E.E. degree in 1938 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree in 1951.

Dr. Veinott joined the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1926 as a graduate trainee in its Engineering and Design School , and advanced to the position of manager of the Induction Motor Section. While with Westinghouse he established design procedures and methods for calculating performance characteristics for small motors, developed the first thermal protective devices integral with the motor itself, and pioneered in the use of digital computers in the design of small motors. He also made substantial contributions towards the reduction of noise, standardization, mounting, ventilation, winding arrangements, and starting of small motors; as well as of alternators and rectifier systems for airborne equipment.

In 1953 Dr. Veinott joined the Reliance Electric Company where he was consulting engineer on the Staff of the engineering vice president, and later became chief a-c engineer and chief engineering analyst. During these assignments he updated the design and calculating procedures for a-c motors, studied special problems such as part-winding starting, introduced digital computers for design and other problems, and was responsible for design co-ordination, product planning, standardization, and technical improvements.

Dr. Veinott has had a long and varied teaching experience. Since retirement in 1970 he has taught short courses in electric machine design in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Dr. Veinott holds 14 U.S. patents relating to winding arrangments, starting, mounting, and thermal protective devices of small motors; and to aircraft rectifer systems. He has authored or co-authored·some 50 technical papers and articles and has written four widely known books on small motors, six motor CAD programs, in addition to contributing articles to standard handbooks.

Dr. Veinott, a Life Fellow of IEEE, was a past vice president of AIEE and has served on numerous committees at both national and local levels, including the Rotating Machinery, Field Awards, Standards and Life Member Fund committees. He was the founder of the Lima, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio Sections. He has also been active in other professional organizations, such as the American Standards Association. He has been honored by Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tai Beta Pi; and has been the recipient of the Westinghouse Order of Merit, a medal of the Research Institute for Electrical Machinery of Czechoslavokia, and a plaque of the Rotating Machinery Committee of IEEE.

Prior to receiving the IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence in 2000, he received the IEEE Nikola Tesla Award in 1977. Veinott died February 15, 2001.

Further Reading

Growing up in Rural Vermont in the Early Twentieth Century, a First Hand History submitted by Veinott