Case Files: William D. Coolidge (Vaccum Tube)

Photograph of Coolidge, Lantern Slide.

Case File Catalog Summary

William David Coolidge grew up on a farm in Massachusetts and obtained a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1891. The 1927 Edward Levy Medal was awarded to Coolidge for his paper on "The Production of High-Voltage Cathode Rays Outside of the Generating Tube." The paper appeared in the December 1926 Journal of The Franklin Institute. A year before, Coolidge was awarded the Potts Medal for his Coolidge Tube, a new and improved vacuum tube for the production of x-rays.

The William D. Coolidge presentation was made possible by support from The Barra Foundation and Unisys.

Resource - William Coolidge - Case File Report

Read about the Committee on Science and the Arts investigation of William Coolidge’s invention, the Coolidge tube

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