Edwin R. Fellows
American inventor and entrepreneurDied when: 79 years 357 days (959 months)
Star Sign: Gemini
Edwin R.Fellows (May 29, 1865 – May 21, 1945) was an American inventor and entrepreneur from Torrington, Connecticut who designed and built a new type of gear shaper in 1896 and, with the mentoring of James Hartness, left the Jones & Lamson Machine Company to co-found the Fellows Gear Shaper Company in Springfield, Vermont, which became one of the leading firms in the gear-cutting segment of the machine tool industry.
Fellows' machines made a vital contribution to the mass production of effective and reliable gear transmissions for the nascent automotive industry.
By the conclusion of World War II, Fellows Gear Shaper Company machines were in defense contractor plants, manufacturing geared components for aircraft engines, tanks, instruments, cameras, fuses and other war-time materiel.