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Emory Leon Chaffee was born 15 April 1885 in Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States to Emory Franklin Chaffee (1856-1923) and Belle Genevive Carter (1859-) and died 8 March 1975 Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Dora Louise Armes (1883-1910) 23 June 1909 in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Biography

Emory Leon Chaffee was an American physicist and a former professor at Harvard University from 1911 to 1953.

Chaffee was born in Somerville, Massachusetts. He studied electrical engineering and received his bachelor's degree from MIT in 1907. Afterward he made further studies at the Harvard University and took his master's degree and his Ph.D.

He was made an instructor in electrical engineering in 1911 and got a position as assistant professor of physics in 1917. In 1923 he became an associate professor and a professor in 1926. He was appointed Rumford Professor of Physics in 1940, and Gordon McKay Professor of applied physics in 1946. Chaffee became chairman of the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics from 1949 till 1952.

Chaffee was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1959. He was best known for his work on thermionic vacuum tubes. In 1911 he invented the concept of the Chaffee Gap which was a way of producing continuous oscillations for long-distance telephone transmissions and in 1924 he started to work on controlling weather, using aircraft to break up clouds with electrically charged grains of sands.




Children




Offspring of Emory Leon Chaffee and Marie Josephine Kreutz (1884-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Robert Emory Chaffee (1918-1974)










Siblings

#g1: Offspring of Emory Franklin Chaffee (1856-1923) and Belle Genevive Carter (1859-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Beulah Camilla Chaffee (1882-)
Emory Leon Chaffee (1885-1975) 15 April 1885 Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States 8 March 1975 Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States Dora Louise Armes (1883-1910)
Marie Josephine Kreutz (1884-)
Alice Hampson (1894-1987)
Lillian Carletta Chaffee (1891-)
Raymond Osgood Chaffee (1895-1962)



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