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Edward Lawry Norton
American engineer

Edward Lawry Norton

Edward Lawry Norton
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Intro American engineer
Was Inventor Engineer Scientist
From United States of America
Field Business Engineering Science
Gender male
Birth 28 July 1898, Rockland, Knox County, Maine, USA
Death 28 January 1983, The Chathams, Morrice, Shiawassee County, USA (aged 84 years)
Star sign Leo
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Edward Lawry Norton (July 28, 1898 – January 28, 1983) was an accomplished engineer and scientist. He worked at Bell Labs and is known for Norton's theorem.

His areas of active research included network theory, acoustical systems, electromagnetic apparatus, and data transmission. A graduate of MIT and Columbia University, he held nineteen patents on his work.

Edward L. Norton is best remembered for development of the dual of Thevenin's equivalent circuit, currently referred to as Norton's equivalent Circuit.

He was interested in communications circuit theory and the transmission of data at high speeds over telephone lines. Norton began his telephone career in 1922 with the western Electric Company's Engineering Department (which later became Bell Laboratories).


He attended the University of Maine for two years before transferring to M.I.T. and received a S.B. degree (electrical engineering) in 1922. He received an M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1925.


Norton and his associates at AT&T in the early 1920s are recognized as some of the first to perform pioneering work applying Thevenin's equivalent circuit and who referred to this concept simply as Thévenin's theorem.

In 1926, he proposed the equivalent circuit using a current source and parallel resistor to assist in the design of recording instrumentation that was primarily current driven.


Norton died on January 28, 1983 in Chatham, New Jersey.

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