Swasey, Ambrose

Swasey, Ambrose

(1846–1937) mechanical engineer; born in Exeter, N.H. In 1880 he joined a Cleveland company to make machine tools and optical instruments. He specialized in large telescopes, including the 36-inch Lick (1888), the 40-inch Yerkes, and many others. His company also provided high-quality instruments to the military during World War I.
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