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Elwood Haynes

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Elwood Haynes (1857-1925)


1925 Obituary [1]

ELWOOD HAYNES died at Kokomo, Indiana, on April 13, 1925.

He was born at Portland, Indiana, in 1857, and was educated at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1887 he began his work in the development of the automobile, and some seven years later constructed and operated an automobile capable of a speed of seven or eight miles an hour and running several miles without a stop. This was the first car built in the United States, and is now on exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington.

He was particularly well known for his introduction and development of stellite, a high-speed metal-cutting material, which was numbered among his discoveries of alloys of cobalt, chromium, molybdenum, and tungsten. In 1922 he was awarded the John Scott medal for his discoveries in stainless steel. He was an hon. member of the American Society for Testing Materials, and a member of numerous engineering and scientific societies, through which he contributed to the progress of engineering in a very material way.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1911.



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