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President Arthur B. Bronwell records, bulk: 1954 - 1962

Identifier: UA02.09

Scope and Contents

The Arthur B. Bronwell records are arranged alphabetically by topic. Subjects include his inauguration, the dissolution of Washburn Labs and the Conference on Research Goals.


  • Majority of material found within 1954 - 1962


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Biographical / Historical

Arthur B. Bronwell was born in Chicago, Illinois, August 18, 1909. He graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1933 and went on to earn his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the same school. He joined the Northwestern University faculty in 1937 and became a professor of electrical engineering in 1947. He was a special project engineer for Bell Telephone Laboratories and an engineering consultant for Galvin Manufacturing Company. In 1942 and 1943, He organized and supervised the Army Signal Corps School in radio and pre-radar for officer candidates at Northwestern. He also supervised a wartime research project on airborne radar.

Bronwell was elected the ninth president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall of 1954 and took office in February 1955. He was the second president from an academic background, bringing broad experience in engineering education. As executive secretary of the American Society for Engineering Educations, Bronwell had an established professional network. During his tenure. the faculty nearly doubled drawing more professors from across the country and student enrollment at WPI grew from 800 to 1200 students. He instituted a development program that raised over $5 million in a five-year period. The college expanded substantially with Alumni Gymnasium, Morgan, Kaven and Olin Halls built, labs renovated and a nuclear reactor added during his presidency.

President Bronwell announced his resignation in January 1962 and moved on to the University of Connecticut to become Dean of the Department of Engineering. He edited the book, Science and Technology in the World of the Future, which was rated as one of the 100 best books of 1970 by the Library Journal. He retired from the University of Connecticut in 1977.

Arthur B. Bronwell married Virginia R. White, August 2, 1911 and they had two children. Bronwell died in Willimantic, CT, May 10, 1985.


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