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William Elmer Forsythe (born 22 August 1881 in Muskington County, Ohio) received his bachelor's degree from Denison University and went on to do his masters and PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded the honorary degree of doctor of science from Kenyon College in 1926. In 1924 he was appointed Director of the Nela research lab in Cleveland. During World War II he was associated with the Office of Scientific Research for Defense as well as the National Defense Research Council. He was elected member emeritus and fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society.[1] He served as president of the Optical Society of America from 1926 to 1927.[2]

William E. Forsythe
BornAugust 22, 1881
DiedJune 30, 1969 (1969-07-01) (aged 87)
Scientific career

He died on 30 June 1969.[3]

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  2. ^ "Past Presidents of the Optical Society of America". Optical Society of America.
  3. ^ William Elmer Forsythe on

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