Frank W. Godsey, Jr.


Frank W. Godsey, Jr.
Beaumont, TX, USA
Death date
Associated organizations
Sprague Electric Company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation


Frank Godsey, Jr. was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1906. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University and did his graduate work in electrical engineering at Yale University. Between 1929 and 1934, he worked for the Safety Car Lighting and Heating Company. In 1934 he moved to Sprague Electric, where he worked for six years, holding the positions of assistant production manager and chief electrical engineer. In 1940 he joined Westinghouse in their new products division located in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Near the end of WWII, Godsey was instrumental in the establishment of Westinghouse's military division, based in Baltimore. He continued with Westinghouse as manager of the Baltimore Divisions until 1951, when he left to head Electronic Communications Incorporated, a company that developed military communications equipment. In 1959, he purchased ECI's research division, which became Advanced Technology Corporation. ATI's primary work was in millimeter-wave devices and solid-state technology.

Godsey held 100 patents in fields that included radio aviation and undersea warfare, later became a consultant to James E. Webb, administrator of NASA.

Godsey died on March 25th, 2001.

Further Reading

Frank Godsey Oral History