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Charles Harold Berry papers

 Collection
Identifier: M102

Overview

Charles Harold Berry (1889-1965) was a professor of mechanical engineering at Northeastern University from 1955-1964. He taught at Cornell University from 1913-1918 and at Harvard University from 1928-1955. His work focused on thermodynamics and the steam power industry. He was also a technical engineer of power plants for the Detroit Edison Company and associate editor of Power magazine.

Dates

  • 1879-1963 (bulk 1917-1963)

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Historical Note

Charles Harold Berry was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1889. He graduated from Boys High School of Brooklyn in 1907 and went on to study at the Pratt Institute, a manual training school in New York. He received his B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1912. Deciding to teach engineering in China as a missionary, Berry registered at Auburn Seminary, but after a year he changed his plans and returned to Cornell as a graduate student and teaching assistant in engineering. He received his Master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1916 (the most advanced degree then obtainable in American engineering schools) and was an instructor and assistant professor of heat and power engineering at Cornell (Sibley College) from 1913 to 1918. In 1918 Berry was a Naval ordnance inspector for the Ordnance Inspection Department of the U.S. government, and from 1919-1925 he was technical engineer of Cornell's power plant and assistant to the chief engineer. Also during that time period he was technical engineer of power plants at the Detroit Edison Company. From 1925-1929 he was associate editor of the magazine Power. In 1928 he was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Harvard and in 1935 assumed the Gordon McKay chair, which he occupied until his retirement in 1955. He donated some of his papers (1928-1945) to Harvard in 1954. Berry joined the Northeastern University Department of Engineering faculty in 1955 and remained there until 1964.

Berry was the author of some 55 articles on technical phases of the steam power industry, and in 1954 he wrote the book Flow and Fan. He also prepared several extensive class notebooks on thermodynamics. As a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he was active on its Power Test Codes Committee, and a member and chairman (1931-1933) of the Boston section. He was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1931) in mathematics and physical sciences, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and served on the Heat Panel of the United States Bureau of Standards. Berry was also a member of the Harvard Club of Boston, the Harvard Musical Association, the Harvard Engineering Society, and the New York and Massachusetts Professional Engineers societies. He belonged to Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi and was an honorary member of Pi Tau Sigma. Berry died in 1965.

Chronology

  • 1889 Born in Brooklyn, NY
  • 1912 Receives B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University
  • 1913 Begins teaching at Cornell University
  • 1916 Receives M.M.E. from Cornell University
  • 1918 Works as ordnance inspector for the Ordnance Inspection Department
  • 1919-1925 Employed as technical engineer and assistant to the chief engineer of Cornell's power plant and is Technical Engineer of Power Plants at the Detroit Edison Co.
  • 1925-1929 Associate Editor of Power magazine
  • 1928 Becomes a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University
  • 1931 Becomes a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (mathematics and physical sciences); becomes chairman of the Boston Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers until 1933
  • 1935 Assumes Gordon McKay chair, Harvard University
  • 1954 Donates papers (1928-1945) to Harvard; Flow and Fan published
  • 1955 Retires from Harvard; joins Northeastern University engineering faculty
  • 1964 Leaves Northeastern faculty
  • 1965 Dies
1889
Born in Brooklyn, NY
1912
Receives B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University
1913
Begins teaching at Cornell University
1916
Receives M.M.E. from Cornell University
1918
Works as ordnance inspector for the Ordnance Inspection Department
1919-1925
Employed as technical engineer and assistant to the chief engineer of Cornell's power plant and is Technical Engineer of Power Plants at the Detroit Edison Co.
1925-1929
Associate Editor of Power magazine
1928
Becomes a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University
1931
Becomes a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (mathematics and physical sciences); becomes chairman of the Boston Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers until 1933
1935
Assumes Gordon McKay chair, Harvard University
1954
Donates papers (1928-1945) to Harvard; Flow and Fan published
1955
Retires from Harvard; joins Northeastern University engineering faculty
1964
Leaves Northeastern faculty
1965
Dies

Extent

2 cubic feet (4 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence

Physical Location

63/1

Related Materials:

Harvard University Archives also holds Charles H. Berry papers from 1928-1945. They were donated in 1954.

Bibliography

  • Obituary. Belmont Citizen, Belmont, Mass. March 19, 1965.
  • Harvard University Gazette, May 7, 1966.
  • Report of the President of Harvard College, Harvard University, (1964-1965).
  • Science, 73:1900 (May 29, 1931).
Title
Finding aid for the Charles Harold Berry Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Jeanine Rees
Date
July 2004
Language of description
Description Is In English

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US