Comfort A. Adams

Harvard University

November 1, 1868 - February 21, 1958

Membership Type:
Member (elected 1930)

Electrical engineer Comfort Adams is known for his work on the Michelson- Morley experiment that challenged classic Newtonian physics. He constructed a large interferometer that A.A. Michelson used to disprove the presence of a luminiferous ether that supposedly comprised space. This invention helped to confirm Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity. 
Adams went of the Case Institute of Applied Science and served on the faculty at Harvard College, where he was the Dean of the engineering school for 35 years. He was the president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the American Welding Society. In addition, he was the recipient of the IEEE Edison Medal and the AIEE Lamme Medal.

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