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Franklin Leonard Pope

This article was written by fellow lamp engineer and collector Edward J. Covington, and originally appeared on his own website of biographical sketches of persons involved in the lamp industry. Following his passing in February 2017, and with kind permission of his family, Ed's words have been preserved here in the hope of maintaining access to his writings for the benefit of subsequent generations.

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Franklin Leonard Pope was a familiar figure during the early years of the incandescent lamp. He wore many hats. At various times he was in business with Thomas Edison, he invented, served as editor of a noted technical periodical, gave witness in court proceedings, served as patent counsel, and was author of a book dealing with the evolution of the incandescent lamp.

The place of birth and death of Franklin Pope was Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

  1. US 366,606 - Key Socket for Incandescent Electric Lights - F. L. Pope, H. M. Byllesby & P. Lange - 12 Jul 1887.

  1. "The Westinghouse Alternating System of Electric Lighting", F.L. Pope, The Electrician and Electrical Engineer, Vol.6, Sep 1887, pp.332-342.
  2. "The Carbon Filament Lamp of 1859- The Story of an Overlooked Invention", Franklin Leonard Pope, The Electrical Engineer, Vol.15, 25 Jan 1893 pp.77-80.
  3. "Evolution of the Electric Incandescent Lamp", 2nd Edition, Franklin Leonard Pope, Boschen & Wefer, New York, 1894.
  4. "Evolution of the Electric Incandescent Lamp", Western Electrician, Vol.14, 12 May 1894, p.237.
  5. The Electrical World, Vol.26 No.4, 27 Jul 1895, p.96.
  6. "Death of Franklin Leonard Pope", Electrical World, Vol.26, 19 Oct 1895, p.424.
  7. "Franklin L. Pope", The Electrical Engineer, Vol.20 No.390, 23 Oct 1895, p.413.
  8. "Franklin Leonard Pope", Electricity, Vol.9 No.15, 23 Oct 1895.
  9. "Resolutions on Death of Franklin L. Pope", Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Vol.12 No.10, 23 Oct 1895, pp.633-636.
  10. "The Fatal Accident at Great Barrington", The Electrical World, Vol.26 No.17, 26 Oct 1895, p.456.
  11. "Franklin Leonard Pope", Electric Power, Vol.8 No.6, Dec 1895, pp.503-504.
  12. "Franklin L. Pope", The Electrical World, Vol.26 No.4, 1895, p.96.
  13. "Franklin Leonard Pope", The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol.7, James T. White & Company, New York, 1897, p.414.
  14. "Franklin Leonard Pope", Dictionary of American Biography, Vol.XV, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1935, pp.75-76.