Alfred Powell Morgan: the Eternal Boy Turns 120

Alfred Powell Morgan (1889 - 1972), author, inventor, and radio pioneer inspired countless young men (and women) to take up the hobby of radio and electronics.  Today he is most remembered for a series of four books:

The Boys’ First Book of Radio and Electronics

Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1954

 

The Boys’ Second Book of Radio and Electronics

Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1957

 

The Boys’ Third Book of Radio and Electronics

Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1962

 

The Boys’ Fourth Book of Radio and Electronics

Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1969

However, Morgan achieved notoriety early in the 20th Century for writing one of the first practical handbooks for radio amateurs.  He followed that by establishing the Adams-Morgan Company and producing some of the finest early radio receivers, including the Paragon RA-10 which was used by Paul Forman Godley in the 1921 transatlantic test. 

I wrote about Morgan for the ARRL and the following story appeared as an online article on 9 September 2009.  The ARRL story is available here: http://www.arrl.org/news/alfred-powell-morgan-the-eternal-boy-turns-120 and a version in PDF is available here

The article includes these illustrations, large format versions of which can be viewed by clicking on each image below.

       


In 2014 I was fortunate to acquire a photograph of Paul F. Godley.  It is dated by hand on the reverse as 29 May 1922.  So this is Godley as he appeared shortly after the successful transatlantic triumph.

Click the image for high resolution image.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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