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Morris E. Leeds

AKA Morris Evans Leeds

Born: 6-Mar-1869
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 8-Feb-1952
Location of death: Lake Wales, FL
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Quaker
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Leeds & Northrup Co.

Inventor and entrepreneur Morris E. Leeds devised numerous scientific instruments in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 1899 he founded the company that became Leeds & Northrup, generally considered the first American manufacturer of research and testing equipment of quality comparable to European competitors, and a dominant force in scientific equipment through most of the twentieth century. As President of Leeds & Northrup, Leeds was an innovator in progressive business tactics. He instituted an employee stock-purchase program, offered tuition subsidies for continuing education, introduced life insurance and unemployment insurance as employment benefits, and established one of the first personnel departments to deal with workers' concerns.

Father: Barclay Robert Leeds
Mother: Mary Maule Leeds
Brother: Arthur Leeds (b. circa 1870)
Sister: Sarah Leeds (b. circa 1873)
Wife: Hadassah Moore Leeds Parrot Holcombe (b. 1891, m. 1926, d. 1978)

    High School: Society of Friends Boarding School, Westtown, PA (1886)
    University: BS, Haverford College (1888)
    University: PhD Physics, University of Berlin (1892)
    Administrator: President, Haverford College (1928-45)

    IEEE Edison Medal 1948
    ASME Medal 1946
    American Academy of Political and Social Science
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Friends Service Committee
    American Philosophical Society
    American Physical Society
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
    Philadelphia School Board (1938-48)
    Leeds & Northrup Co. Chairman (1939-52)
    Leeds & Northrup Co. Co-Founder & President (1903-39)
    Morris E. Leed's & Co. Founder & President (1899-1903)
    James W. Queen & Co. Designer (1893-99)
    English Ancestry

Author of books:
Toward Full Employment (1938, with Henry S. Dennison)


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