George F. Corcoran

George F. Corcoran
George F. Corcoran
Redfield, SD, USA
James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal


George Francis Corcoran, like young Lochinvar, "came out of the west," and his professional life has progressively advanced as he moved eastward. Son of George Francis, Sr., and Louise (Haag) Corcoran, he was born at Redfield, South Dakota, September 26, 1900. In his professional life, South Dakota State College conferred on him the Bachelor of Science degree in 1923, and the University of Minnesota, the Master of Science degree in 1926, but in his personal life he has remained a bachelor.

He was teaching fellow in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota 1925-26; instructor at Kansas State College 1927 -28; associate professor and professor at the State University of Iowa, 1931-41; and professor and head of the department of electrical engineering at the University of Maryland since 1941.

As student and reacher and professional engineer he has been affiliated with many societies: Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity; Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Tau, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi, honorary societies; American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Institute of Radio Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, American Association of University Professors, professional societies. He is a registered professional engineer and has served as consultant to industry, to stare and Federal Agencies, to publishers, and to other associations.

As an author his reputation has grown worldwide. Among his books are the following, all published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.: Introduction to Electric Transients (with E. B. Kurtz), 1935; Alternating Current Circuits (with R. M. Kerchner), 1937, (4th Edition, 1960); Basic Electrical Engineering, 1949; Electrical Communications Experiments (with H. R. Reed and T. C. G. Wagner) 1952; Electronics (with H. W. Price) 1954; Introductory Electrical Engineering (with H. R. Reed), 1957. Two of these books has been translated into Spanish, another into Portuguese.

George F. Corcoran received the James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal in 1961.