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Biography

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Professor of physics.

Frederick Bedell received an A.B. degree from Yale University in 1890 and a Ph.D degree from Cornell in 1892. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at Cornell in 1893, and, in 1904, Professor of Applied Electricity. His most important contributions in electrical engineering were his experimental investigations and theoretical studies delaing with alternating currents. In 1917, he was appointed as an advisor in the establishment at Cornell of one of the United States Army Schools of Military Aeronautics which led to his work in the investigation of airplane performance and design. He also worked on the development of devices to aid the deaf by utilizing the phenomenon of sound conduction through the bones. For twenty-nine years he served as editor of the Physical Review. After his retirement, he did research at California Institute of Technology. Frederick Bedell died in 1958.