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Philip Sporn

Born: 25-Nov-1896
Birthplace: Folotwin, Austria
Died: 23-Jan-1978
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer, Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: American Electric Power Company

Philip Sporn worked as a lamplighter while still in high school, then was hired as an electrical engineer at American Electric Power, and worked his way up to President of the company. As an engineer he helped design and construct the firm's first diversified electric power centers, and as an executive with an engineer's knowledge he kept AEP among the early adapters of new technologies, including advanced generators, high-voltage transmission lines, and interconnection of his company's system with other utilities. After the 1965 blackout that darkened much of the Atlantic Seaboard, he came out of retirement to head a consortium of 26 utilities to improve power reliability. He never went anywhere without his slide rule, and he was one of very few non-academics elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Father: Isak Sporn
Mother: Rachel Kolker Sporn
Wife: Sadie Posner Sporn (m. 10-Sep-1923)
Son: Arthur David Sporn (attorney)
Daughter: Deborah Sporn Gilbert
Son: Michael Benjamin Sporn (physician)

    High School: Stuyvesant High School, New York City, NY (1913)
    University: BS Electrical Engineering, Columbia University (1918)

    Ohio Valley Electric Corp. Founder and President (1952-67)
    American Electric Power President and CEO (1947-61)
    American Electric Power EVP (1945-47)
    American Electric Power VP Engineering (1934-45)
    American Electric Power Director of Electrical Engineering (1933-47)
    American Electric Power Mgr. Electrical Engineer (1927-33)
    American Electric Power Engineer (1920-27)
    Member of the Board of American Electric Power (1943-69)
    American Nuclear Society
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Franklin Institute
    IEEE
    National Academy of Engineering
    National Academy of Sciences
    Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    Faraday Medal 1969
    ASME Medal 1962
    John Fritz Medal 1955
    IEEE Edison Medal 1945
    French Legion of Honor
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Austrian Ancestry

Author of books:
The Electrical Industry's Role in America's Destiny (1948)
The Integrated Power System (1950)
Foundations of Energy (1964)
Nuclear Power Economics (1966)
Fresh Water from Saline Waters (1966)
Technology, Engineering and Economics (1969)
The Social Organization of Electric Power Supply in Modern Societies (1971)
Energy in an Age of Limited Availability and Delimited Applicability (1976)


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