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William Wickenden
(24 Dec 1882 - 1 Sep 1947)

American electrical engineer, educator and administrator who was elected president of Case School of Applied Science in 1929. He served a term as president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Thousands of young engineers have read his publication, The Second Mile, and have been helped to form a sound conception of engineering as a career.

Science Quotes by William Wickenden (5 quotes)

Effective science began when it passed from the occasional amateur into the hands of men who made the winning of knowledge their special function or profession.
— William Wickenden
Address to 48th annual summer convention of the American Institute of Electriccal Engineers, Cleveland (21 Jun 1932), abridged in 'The Rτle of the Engineer', The Electrical Journal (1932), 109, 223.
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It is this ideal of progress through cumulative effort rather than through genius—progress by organised effort, progress which does not wait for some brilliant stroke, some lucky discovery, or the advent of some superman, has been the chief gift of science to social philosophy.
— William Wickenden
Address to 48th annual summer convention of the American Institute of Electriccal Engineers, Cleveland (21 Jun 1932), abridged in 'The Rτle of the Engineer', The Electrical Journal (1932), 109, 223.
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Organization is simply the means by which the acts of ordinary men can be made to add up to extraordinary results. To this idea of progress that does not wait on some lucky break, some chance discovery, or some rare stroke of genius, but instead is achieved through systematic, cumulative effort, the engineer has contributed brilliantly.
— William Wickenden
In A Professional Guide for Young Engineers (1949, 1967), 36.
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Science began to be powerful when it began to be cumulative, when observers began to preserve detailed records, to organize cooperating groups in order to pool and criticize their experiences.
— William Wickenden
In School and Society (1930), 31, 581.
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The essence of modernity is that progress no longer waits on genius; instead we have learned to put our faith in the organized efforts of ordinary men. Science is as old as the race, but the effective organization of science is new. Ancient science, like placer mining, was a pursuit of solitary prospectors. Nuggets of truth were found, but the total wealth of knowledge increased slowly. Modern man began to transform this world when he began to mine the hidden veins of knowledge systematically.
— William Wickenden
In School and Society (1930), 31, 581.
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