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120 Harvey Nathaniel Davis

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June 6, 1881-December 3, 1952



Personal Data

Born:               June 6, 1881 Rhode Island

Died:               December 3, 1952

Married:          Suzanne Courtonne Haskell, June 28, 1911 Winnetka, Cook Co., IL

                       two daughters: Suzanne and Louisa

Married:         Alice Marian Rohde

                       son: Nathaniel Davis (1925-2011)

Married:         Helen Clarkson Miller




PhD                Physics, Harvard University, 1906



1901-            Taught mathematics at Brown University

?                    Taught Physics and Mechanical Engineering at Harvard

1928-            President, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ



Awards and Honors



Membership-Professional Organizations

1929                Director, Hoboken Chamber of Commerce

1929                Manager, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

1931                Vice President, Hoboken Chamber of Commerce

1931                Vice President, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

1938                President,  the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

1947-48          President, American Association for Adult Education (AAAE)





Professional Interest Areas

  • Engineering
  • Defense Industries


Major Contributions to Adult Education

  • Secured a grant that paid faculty to give non-credit and tuition-free courses to 650 adult students working in defense industries
  • Established a Defense Industries Training School to give intensive three-month courses to train mechanical personnel at the sub-professional level
  • Increased Stevens’ reputation as an engineering college which more than doubled undergraduate enrollment from 600 to 1400
  • Increased veteran enrollment
  • Facilitated the work of A. M. Mayer with the New York Metropolitan Opera to conduct and apply research in psycho-acoustics supported by the Rockefeller Foundation


Additional Resources




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Interesting Facts

  • Third President of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
  • Harvey N. Davis Hall named after him at Stevens Institute
  • Expanded courses in Civil Engineering program
  • Incorporated more practical projects in Mechanical Engineering program
  • Expanded Economics and Humanities Departments
  • Expanded the opportunity for students to reside on campus, increasing campus residence from 30 to 300
  • Created graduate programs at Stevens




Harvey N. Davis. (n.d.). In Wikipedia.  Retrieved June 20, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_N._Davis








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