Frank B. Jewett

Frank Baldwin Jewett (/ˈɪt/; 5 September 1879 18 November 1949) worked as an engineer for American Telegraph and Telephone where his work demonstrated transatlantic radio telephony using a vacuum-tube transmitter. He was also a physicist and the first president of Bell Labs.

Frank B. Jewett
Jewett circa 1919
Personal details
Born(1879-09-05)September 5, 1879
Pasadena, California,
United States
DiedNovember 18, 1949(1949-11-18) (aged 70)
Summit, New Jersey,
United States
Alma materUniversity of Chicago


He graduated from the Throop Institute of Technology (later the California Institute of Technology) in 1898, and received the doctoral degree in physics in 1902 from the University of Chicago (IL). Jewett was president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers from 1922 to 1923.

The Bell Telephone Laboratories were established in 1925 with Jewett as president; he stayed until 1940. He also was chairman of the Board of Directors of Bell Laboratories from 1940 to 1944.

In 1928, the AIEE awarded him the Edison Medal "For his contributions to the art of electric communication." Jewett was president of the National Academy of Sciences from 1939 to 1947. In 1950, he was awarded the IRI Medal from the Industrial Research Institute for recognition of his role in technology leadership. He also served on the National Defense Research Committee.



  • IEEE History Biography of Frank B Jewett
  • J. Olin, Howe (1919-04-06). "Wonders of Wireless Telephony - Past and to Come". New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924. pp. VII 3. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
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