ADAMS, Comfort Avery [1868-1958] -- Electrical engineer, professor
While a student (at Case) he helped physicist Albert Michelson with his famous Michelson-Morley experiment which results confirmed the theory of Albert Einstein.
He had a longtime interest in welding technology, and contributed a number of significant improvements to that art. During World War I he chaired the Welding Committee of the Emergency Fleet Corporation, which sought to increase production and reduce costs. The American Welding Society was a direct out-growth of this work, and Adams became its first president.
He was the first to make large-scale application of alternating current to welding,
and designed the first alternating-current transformer for welding use;
this equipment was later used to weld the three-inch-thick steel penstocks,
which carried water to the turbines at Boulder Dam.
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