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Ketchum, Paul M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 42, Number 5 (February 1938)

Chauncey G. Suits,   p. 88


Page 88


CHAUNCEY G. SUITS
Arn Outstanding Wisconsin Graduate
A   NNOUNCEMENT was made this month of the se-
     lection of Chauncey Guy Suits as the outstanding
     young electrical engineer of 1937 by Eta Kappa Nu,
national honorary electrical engineering fraternity. The
announcement assumed especial significance for us when
we note that Mr. Suits is a Wisconsin graduate.
  This recognition is given each year to the young electri-
cal engineer under 35 years of age and less than ten
years out of school who. in
the opinion of the judges of
the society, provides the best
example of what a man can
achieve professionally in this
short time by alertness, indus-
try, and development of his
opportunities. The award is
based not only on his profes-
sional advancement but upon
an appraisal of all his activi-
ties: technical, social, civic,
and cultural. It is this broader
interpretation of success that
nificance and makes worth-                 c G. Suits in
while the story of this year's winner, Chauncey Guy Suits.
  He is a real Wisconsin product. Born at Oshkosh in
1905, he passed his grade and high school days at Med-
ford, played football, practiced his clarinet, and experi-
mented with homemade electrical equipment.
  Enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in 1923, Suits
spent two years in the regular electrical engineering course
before deciding that the physics department afforded a
more comprehensive training in fundamental electrical
theory. Consequently he divided his subsequent studies
between these two departments, graduating in 1927 with a
B.A., keys from Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Sigma Phi,
Phi Mu Alpha, and an undergraduate average of approxi-
mately 95%/'c. If this sounds like the life history of a grind,
let it be pointed out that all this time he was playing in the
University band, instrument ensembles, and eventually
professionally in hotel and theater orchestras, that he was
a clarinet teacher in the Wisconsin School of Music, and
a member of Sigma Pi social fraternity.
  With a fellowship from the Institute of International
Relations in his pocket, Suits now hurried off to the Tech-
nische Hochschule at Zurich, Switzerland, returning in
1929 with his Doctor of Sciences degree and a passion for
skiing.
  Back at the University as a graduate research student,
IF
he again divided his time between the physics and electri-
cal departments, and did consulting work for the U. S.
Forest Products Laboratory as well. For the latter he de-
veloped a device for electrically measuring the moisture
content of wood, a patent he has dedicated to public use.
  Since 1930 he has been in the General Electric labora-
tories at Schenectady, his field of work being an investi-
gation of the behavior and practical application of non-
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pressure arcs. These investi-
gations have led to many re-
finements, and improvements
in industrial control devices
involving current and voltage
sensitive relays, voltage regu-
lators, circuit breakers, trans-
formers, temperature controls,
and even automatic tuning on
radio receivers. Arc investi-
gations have resulted in a
method of measuring the tem-
perature of the positive col-
                          umn by determination ot the
                          velocity of propagation of a
sound wave through the arc.
  Besides the forty odd patents to his credit, Dr. Suits
has been the author of many technical papers, a research
lecturer at many Eastern universities, before the A. I. E.E.,
the National Academy of Sciences, and General Electric's
advanced course for engineers, as well as an active mem-
ber of the American Physical Society.
  This not being enough to keep him busy, Suits has con-
tinued his "extra-curricular" activities. With the memo-
ries of Switzerland's ski runs behind him, he was active in
forming the Schenectady Wintersports club in 1932 and
in organizing the first Adirondack ski train. Photography,
another hobby, has paid his dividends in his application
of optics to the study of arcs.
  Now married and with a home to create, his hobbies
have veered to the domestic. Having already made him-
self an authority on Oriental rugs, his interest has now
turned to cabinet making, to which end he has equipped
an elaborate home woodworking shop, in which he pro-
duces all his own furniture. In civic affairs, Suits has
worked for the Community Chest as well as local govern-
ment organizations.
  All this in 32 short years. It is no wonder that the
judges opened their eyes when they saw the record of this
Wisconsin man.
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