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Luckiesh, Matthew, 1883-1967



  • Existence: 1883 - 1967

Matthew Luckiesh was born on September 14, 1883 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He grew up in Cleveland and attended universities in Iowa. In 1910, he returned to Cleveland and started to work for the General Electric Lamp Division where he developed several theories on color and its physiological effect on people. He was also interested in determining the conditions under which optimal visibility was achieved, and in examining the relationship between light and seeing, in order to design better types of lamps. During World War I he studied camouflage, and later invented artificial sunlight and germicidal lamps. Luckiesh produced eleven U.S. patents, 28 books and about 860 scientific and technical articles, published between 1911 and 1960. He died on November 2, 1967.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

"Torch of Civilization: The Story of Man's Conquest of Darkness" typescript

Identifier: MS-308
Overview "Torch of Civilization: The Story of Man's Conquest of Darkness." The collection contains the typescript, with editor's handwritten notations of the book by Matthew Luckiesh, published in 1940.