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Thomas Commerford Martin

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Name  Thomas Martin
Role  Engineer
Died  1924

Books  Edison, His Life and Inventions

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Thomas Commerford Martin (July 22, 1856 – May 17, 1924) was an American electrical engineer and editor.



He was born in London, England. His father worked with Lord Kelvin and other pioneers of submarine telegraph cables, and Martin spent much time on the cable-laying ship SS Great Eastern. Educated as a theological student, Martin came to the United States in 1877. He was associated with Thomas A. Edison in his work in 1877–1879 and thereafter was engaged in editorial work. From 1883 to 1909 he served as editor of the Electrical World, after 1909 was executive secretary of the National Electric Light Association, and in 1900–1911 was a special agent of the United States Census Office. At various times he lectured at the Royal Institution of Engineers, London, the Paris Société Internationale des Electriciens, the University of Nebraska, and Columbia University. He was a founding member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and served as president in 1887-1888.


  • The Electric Motor and Its Applications (1887; third edition, 1888), with Joseph Wetzler
  • Edison, His Life and Inventions, (1910), with Frank Lewis Dryer
  • The Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla (1893; third edition, 1894)
  • The Story of Electricity, 1919 (ed) with Stephen Leidy Coles
  • Reminiscences Of Pioneer Days In St. Paul with Frank Moore,
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