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  • ID: ind05549
  • Name: Gorton Rosa FONDA
  • Given Name: Gorton Rosa
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 27 NOV 1884 in Manhattan, NY
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  • Baptism: 31 MAY 1885 Manhattan, NY
  • Death: 15 DEC 1973
  • Age: 89y 0m 18d in Getzville, Erie Co., NY
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  • Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, NY
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    Dr. Gorton R. Fonda demonstrating the difference in illumination given off by a lamp coated with fluorescent material (top) and ordinary MAZDA lamp of same ratings. Location: Research Laboratory at GE Schenectady Works (25 Oct 1937). General Electric photograph. Courtesy of the Schenectady Museum.
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    b. Manhattan, NY; 1900 US Federal Census, Yonkers Ward 1, Westchester Co., NY (Gordon Fonda, Son, b. Mar 1887 in NY, Thomas, Mary); 1920 & 1930 US Federal Census, Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY; 1940 US Federal Census, Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY (Gorton R Fonda, b. 1885, NY, Head, Alice); SSDI Getzville, Erie, NY; bur. Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, NY; [New York Episcopal Diocese of New York Church Records - Name: Gorton Rosa Fonda; Baptism Age: 0; Event Type: Baptism; Birth Date: 27 Nov 1884; Baptism Date: 31 May 1885; Baptism Place: New York, New York; Father: Thomas Fonda; Mother: Nellie Rosa Fonda]; [Research Chemist, worked nearly 40 years for General Electric Laboratory, attributed with design for radar screen for National Defense Research Council in 1941; G. R. Fonda, Phys. Rev. 21, 343 (1923); Foundations of Vacuum Science and Technology (1916); graduate of College of the City of NY and University of Karlsruhe, Baden, GER]; o. Research PhD Chemist; [New York City Births Index, 1878-1909, Gorton R Fonda, 27-Nov-1884, Manhattan]; [World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 - Jordon Rosa Fonda (Gordon); White; b. 27 Nov 1884; Registration Place: Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY] >> <<

    [ Additional references which bear on this subject include "Crystal Growth in Metals" by G. R. Fonda in General Electric Review, Volume 25, May 1922, pages 305-315]; [ To facilitate the formation of zinc silicate phosphors, it has been the practice to employ alkali metal or alkaline earth metal salts as fluxes during firing steps as taught by U.S. Pat. No. 2,247,192 to Fonda. The use of such fluxes is not desirable, however, in producing arsenic-containing zinc silicate phosphors since fluxes such as lithium chloride can completely quench the beneficial effect of extended fluorescence decay produced by arsenic in such phosphors {see for example Froelich and Fonda in J. Phys. Chem., 46:878-885 (1942)}.]; [ In Fonda, U.S. Pat. No. 2,447,322, iron compounds are disclosed as storage agents to retard the exhaustion of infra-red luminescence.]; [ Discharge devices which utilize organic phosphor or luminescent material are known and are described in U.S. Pat. No. 2,177,701 dated Oct. 31, 1939 to Fonda.]

    [U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 - Name: Gorton R Fonda; Birth Date: 27-Nov-1884; Birth Location: New York City, New York; Passport Issue Date: 10-Nov-1920; Residence Location: Schenectady, New York]; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Gorton Fonda, Arrival Date: 4-Apr-1910, Estimated Birth Year: , Gender: Male, Port of Departure: Southampton, England, Ethnicity/Nationality: , Ship Name: Minnehaha]; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Gorton Fonda, Arrival Date: 23-Jul-1921, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885, Gender: Male, Port of Departure: Southampton, England, Ethnicity/Nationality: , Ship Name: Aquitania]; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Gorton Fonda, Arrival Date: 30-Nov-1926, Estimated Birth Year: 1889, Gender: Male, Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France, Ethnicity/Nationality: , Ship Name: Olympic]; [UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 - Name: Gorton Fonda, Arrival Date: 3/25/1954, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885 , Gender: , Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States , Ethnicity/Nationality: , Ship Name: Southampton, England]

    [New York Times: Jan 4, 1950 - Dr. Fonda Retires from G. E. - Dr. Gorton R. Fonda, Research Chemist in the General Electric Research Laboratory, has retired after nearly forty years' service. Dr. Fonda and his associates developed the American version of the radar screen fourteen days after the problem had been assigned to the laboratory. The screen, upon which the radar signals are translated into visible light, was designed by Dr. Fonda and his associates at the behest of the National Defense Research Council during the year preceding the bombing of Pearl Harbor.]

    [Dr. Fonda, GE Radar Pioneer, Dies at 86 - Services for Dr. Gorton R. Fonda, 86, of the Beechwood Retirement Home in Williamsville, a retired research chemist at the General Electric Research and Development Laboratory who died Saturday, will be held Friday at 32 Windermere Road, Rochester. A native of New York City, Dr. Fonda was graduated from New York University in 1907. He then went to the University of Karlsruhe in Germany for further graduate work, receiving a doctor of engineering degree in 1910. After returning to the U.S., Dr. Fonda joined the staff of the GE Research Laboratory in schenectady the same year. Most of his work was concerned with methods of light production, initially studying the tungsten filament for the incandescent lamp, working on the physical changes of such filaments in vacuum and in various gases, and later investigating emission of elections from hot filaments. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II Dr. Fonda began to concentrate on the study of phosphors and made major contributions to the design of the screen upon which radar signals are translated into visible light. His work on phosphors also found applications in fluorescent lamps and television picture tubes. He retired from GE at he end of 1949 after nearly 40 years service. Dr. Fonda and his associates developed the American version of the radar screen only two weeks after the National Defense Research Council assigned the problem to the GE facility in 1941. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Amadeo Qualich of Rochester, and a son, Thomas Fonda, of State College, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beechwood Retirement Home, 2211 N. Forest Road, Williamsville. Schenectady NY Gazette, Tuesday, December 18, 1973]

    Father: Thomas Cole FONDA b: OCT 1854 in Fonda, NY
    Mother: Nellie ROSA b: 1856 in Fulton, Oswego Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Alice Baldwin CHAPMAN b: 23 OCT 1900 in Connecticut
    • Married: 03 OCT 1931 in Bridgeport, CT
    • Note: m. Bridgeport, CT; [The marriage of Miss Alice Baldwin Chapman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wells Chapman of Bridgeport, Conn., to Gorton R. Fonda of this city, son of Mrs. Fonda and the late Thomas Fonda, was solomnized Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, 446 Park place, Bridgeport. Rev. Stephen Fish Sherman Jr., of St. John's Episcopal Church performed the ceremony, assisted by Dr. William Horace Day... Upon their return from a wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Fonda will be at home at 1028 Parkwood boulevard, after Novembor 1. Mr. Fonda graduated from the New York University with the 1907 class. He took his doctor's degree under Dr. Haber at Carlsruhe, Baden, Germany, and is now associated with the General Electric Company here as research chemist. Mrs. Fonda is a graduate of Smith College with the class of 1922. She is a member of the Bridgeport Junior League and of the American Association of Social Workers. She has been supervisor of the Bridgeport Family Welfare Bureau, general secretary of the Newton Welfare Bureau, and of the Schenectady Family Welfare Bureau. Schenectady NY Gazette, Monday, October 5, 1931]
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