Lamme, Benjamin

Lamme, Benjamin (Garver)

(1864–1924) electrical engineer, inventor; born near Springfield, Ohio. Interested in mechanics and mathematics as a boy, he graduated from Ohio State University with an engineering degree in 1888. He went to work for Westinghouse Corp. the following year and soon became the company's chief designer of electrical machinery. The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railway adopted his single-phase electric rail system in 1905. A lifelong bachelor, he was Westinghouse's chief engineer from 1903 until his death.
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