First Meeting of the National Inventors Council

ID: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4787]

Creator: Harris & Ewing

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1940

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-4787

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Participants in the first meeting of the National Inventors Council, August 6, 1940. Standing left to right: Dr. Fin Sparre (1879-1944), Director of Research, Du Pont Corporation; Dr. Webster N. Jones, Dean of Engineering, Carnegie Institute of Technology; Frederick Morris Feiker (1881-1967), Dean, George Washington University School of Engineering; patent attorney Lawrence Langner (1890-1962); Watson Davis (1896-1967), Director of Science Service. Seated left to right: Frederick Morrell Zeder, vice-president, Chrysler Corporation; Conway P. Coe, U.S. Patent Commissioner; Dr. Charles Franklin Kettering (Chairman of Council), President, General Motors Research Corporation; Dr. Thomas Midgley (1889-1944), vice-president, Ethyl Gasoline Corporation; Dr. William David Coolidge, Director of General Electric Research Laboratories.


  • Sparre, Fin 1879-1944
  • Jones, Webster N
  • Feiker, Frederick M (Frederick Morris) 1881-1967
  • Langner, Lawrence 1890-1962
  • Davis, Watson 1896-1967
  • Zeder, Frederick Morrell
  • Coe, Conway P
  • Kettering, Charles Franklin 1876-1958
  • Midgley, Thomas 1889-1944
  • Coolidge, William David 1873-1975
  • National Inventors Council (U.S.)
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology
  • George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Science Service
  • Chrysler Corporation
  • United States Patent Office
  • General Motors Corporation Research Laboratories
  • Ethyl Corporation
  • General Electric Company Research Laboratory

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-4787

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  • 1940
  • August 6, 1940

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Black-and-white photographs

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SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4787]

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Gelatin silver prints

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