Image of Thomas Commerford Martin


Lifetime: 1856 - 1924 Passed: ≈ 99 years ago


Electrical Engineer, Editor



Thomas Commerford Martin

Thomas Commerford Martin was an American electrical engineer and editor.

Martin was born in London, England. His father worked with Lord Kelvin and other pioneers of submarine telegraph cables, and Martin worked on the cable-laying ship SS Great Eastern.

Educated as a theological student, Martin came to the United States in 1877. He was associated with Thomas A. Edison in his work in 1877–1879 and thereafter engaged in editorial work. From 1883 to 1909 he served as editor of the Electrical World, after 1909 was executive secretary of the National Electric Light Association, and in 1900–1911 was a special agent of the United States Census Office.

Martin lectured at the Royal Institution of Engineers, London, the Paris Société Internationale des Electriciens, the University of Nebraska, and Columbia University. He was a founding member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and served as president in 1887-1888.

Books by Thomas Commerford Martin

Edison, His Life and Inventions Cover image

Edison, His Life and Inventions

Non-Fiction Biography
Technology Engineering Science

Edison – His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin, published in 1910 was in fact a biography commissioned by Edison himself. Dyer was a patent attorney who worked for Edison, while Commerford was a technical magazine e...