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Frederick A. Halsey

AKA Frederick Arthur Halsey

Born: 12-Jul-1856
Birthplace: Unadilla, NY
Died: 20-Oct-1935
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer, Economist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Kept America safe from the metric system

Frederick A. Halsey was a well-known mechanical engineer and served as long-time editor of American Machinist, but he left a more lasting mark as an economist. His 1891 paper on pay plans for workers -- arguing against piecework payment and profit-sharing, and proposing an incentive wage system with an hourly wage, production requirements, and additional pay incentives for workers who exceed production goals -- had a major impact on the subsequent structure of labor pay in America and Britain. Halsey also represented the National Association of Manufacturers in its successful fight against adoption of the metric system in America in 1902. Fifteen years later was a founding member of the American Institute of Weights and Measures, an industry group established to fight the next attempt to block metrics. His brother, Francis Whiting Halsey, was a newsman and historian of some renown.

Father: Gaius Leonard Halsey (physician)
Mother: Juliet Cartington Halsey
Brother: Francis Whiting Halsey (historian, b. 1851, d. 1919)
Wife: Stella D. Spencer (b. 1859, m. 12-May-1885, d. 1923, two daughters)
Daughter: Marion Spencer Halsey
Daughter: Olga Spencer Halsey

    High School: Unadilla Academy, Unadilla, NY (1874)
    University: BS Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (1878)

    ASME Medal 1922
    American Economic Association
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    National Association of Manufacturers
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Sons of the American Revolution
    American Machinist Editor (1894-1911)
    Ingersoll-Rand General Manager (Rand Drill Co.)
    English Ancestry

Author of books:
The Locomotive Link Motion (1898)
The Use of the Slide Rule (1899)
Worm and Spiral Gearing (1903)
The Metric Fallacy: An Investigation of the Claims Made for the Metric System (1904)
Handbook for Machine Designers and Draftsmen (1913)
Methods of Machine Shop Work, for Apprentices and Students in Technical and Trade School (1914)


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