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    Name: George W. Pierce
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    • George W. Pierce
    Biographical Dates: 1872 - 1956
    George Washington Pierce
    Biography: George Washington Pierce (11 January 1872 - 25 August 1956) was an American physicist. He earned his Harvard AM in 1899. He taught physics and communication engineering at Harvard as an Instructor in Physics (1902-1907), Assistant Professor of Physics (1907-1917), Professor of Physics (1917-1921), and Rumford Professor of Physics. He was also the first director of Harvard's Cruft Memorial Laboratory in 1914.

    Pierce carried out a long series of quantitative experiments on various minerals used as crystal rectifiers and was later interested in piezoelectric crystals.

    In 1918-1919, George W. Pierce was the President of the Institute of Radio Engineers, which today considers him to be "one of the founding fathers of communication engineering."
    Text Entries:
    Frederick A. Saunders and Frederick V. Hunt, "George Washington Pierce, 1872-1956," Biographical Memoir, National Academy of Sciences, 1959.  Online here:
    Papers of George Washington Pierce, Harvard University Archives:
    "George W. Pierce," ETHW, (accessed 04/22/2015)
    Book related to this person:
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    • Experiments on Resonance in Wireless Telegraph Circuits. Part V
    • Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony
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    • Magnetostriction Oscillators
    • Magnetostriction Oscillators
    • Electric Oscillations and Electric Waves
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