Fessenden, Reginal Aubrey
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82 microfilm reels negative and positive.
Reginald Fessenden, inventor, was born in Bolton East, Quebec, and attended Bishop's University. He worked in New York with the Thomas Edison Company from 1886-1990 as a tester and chemist. In the 1890's, he taught electrical engineering at Purdue University and the Western University of Pennsylvania. In 1900, he set up his own experimental wireless telegraphy station for the U.S. weather office. In January 1906, he made the first two way Morse broadcasts across the Atlantic. During World War I, he invented submarine detection equipment based on his previous invention of the senic depth finder. By 1932, he had over 500 patents in his name. Fonds consists of pre 1905 material including correspondence and memoranda, 1887-1905, microfilm reels M-3626 to M-3628; miscellaneous correspondence after 1905, 1905-1930, microfilm reel M-3628; papers of corporations with which Fessenden was associated, 1901-1933, microfilm reels M-3629 to M-3642; correspondence and data concerning the U.S. and foreign governments, 1918-1932, microfilm reels M-3642 to M-3644; inventions and patents, 1901-1934, microfilm reels M-3644 to M-3675, M-4702 to M-4720; legal disputes, 1902-1932, microfilm reels M-4720 to M-4728; invention and science in general, 1906-1930, microfilm reels M-4728 to M-4729; writings, 1906-1933, microfilm reels M-4729 to M-4732; miscellaneous and personal materials, 1890-1935, microfilm reels M-4732 to M-4733.