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Julius Adams Stratton

Julius Adams Stratton
Born (1901-05-18)May 18, 1901
Seattle, Washington
Died June 22, 1994(1994-06-22) (aged 93)
Boston, Massachusetts
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Electrical engineering
Doctoral advisor Paul Scherrer
Notable awards IEEE Medal of Honor (1957)
Faraday Medal (1961)

Julius Adams Stratton (May 18, 1901 – June 22, 1994)[1] was a U.S. electrical engineer and university administrator. He attended the University of Washington for one year, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity, then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1923 and a master's degree in electrical engineering (EE) in 1926. He then followed graduate studies in Europe and the Technische Hochschule of Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland, awarded him the degree of Doctor of Science in 1927.

Professional biography

He published the classic book "Electromagnetic Theory" as part of the McGraw-Hill series in Pure and Applied Physics in 1941. It has been re-issued by the IEEE.

He served as the president of MIT between 1959 and 1966, after serving the university in several lesser posts, notably appointments to provost in 1949, vice president in 1951, and chancellor in 1956. He also served as the chairman of the Ford Foundation between 1964 and 1971. In 1967, Stratton was seconded to chair a Congressionally established "Commission on Marine Sciences, Engineering and Resources" whose work culminated in a report, "Our Nation and the Sea", published in 1969, that had a major influence on ocean sciences and management in the United States and abroad. The commission itself became commonly referred to as the Stratton Commission.

Stratton was also a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering.[2]

Stratton collected his speeches in a 1966 book titled Science and the Educated Man: Selected Speeches of Julius A. Stratton (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1966), with a foreword by the historian of technology Elting E. Morison who had been on the faculty of MIT as a professor of humanities in the Sloan School of Industrial Management from 1946 to 1966.[3]

MIT's Julius Adams Stratton Student Center at 84 Massachusetts Avenue is named in his honor.


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  2. ^ "Founding members of the National Academy of Engineering".  
  3. ^ Honan, William H., "Elting E. Morison, 85, Educator Who Wrote Military Biographies", The New York Times, April 26, 1995

External links

  • IEEE History Center- IEEE minibio of Julius Stratton
  • Full text of the final Stratton Commission report, "Our Nation and the Sea"
  • Julius Adams Stratton at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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