Edith Clarke

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Edith Clarke was born in Howard County, Maryland back in 1883 to John and Susan. While I don’t have any information as to what happened but, she was orphaned when she was 12. She went to stay with her older sister. Using her inheritance, she studied mathematics and astronomy at Vassar College. She graduated in 1908.

She taught math and physics near San Francisco for a few years before working with AT&T in 1912. In 1922, General Electric hired her, she retired in 1945. She died in 1959 at 76.

What you may not know about Edith Clarke is that she was the first female electrical engineer and the first female professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She invented the Clarke calculator, receiving a patent for it in 1925. She was also the first woman to deliver a paper at the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another well educated female paving the way for other women ....

Jun 23, 2019 02:59 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Women in engineering...we know a number of them now..this Lady certainly helped pave the way for their success !

Jun 23, 2019 03:53 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The first female electrical engineer at the University of Texas in those years. You bet your bippy she was one smart lady! Enjoy your day.

Thanks to autocorrect, “bippy” was bipolar. Hope it is now correct

Jun 23, 2019 04:23 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have to wonder how she would fare with New Math!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 23, 2019 04:44 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Wow, she sure contributed to our society.

Jun 23, 2019 05:12 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I was impressed by Edith Clarke as she seemed to have a sense of adventure as her life took her to many places as she gained/gathered knowledge and excelled in life.  

Jun 23, 2019 06:00 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

A remarkable woman and always good to see first.

Jun 23, 2019 06:33 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a wonderful story about someone that overcame a lot in her life to get where she needed to be.

Jun 23, 2019 06:40 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Edith has a great legacy that should not be forgotten. 

Jun 23, 2019 07:15 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good morning, and what a nice post about Edith who made our lives easier with the calculator.  A

Jun 23, 2019 07:27 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and lots of first for her for sure.  You are always good at finding out about people that do first.


Jun 23, 2019 08:47 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I love to read your blog posts on accomplished men and women that sometimes have been forgotten by time. You bring back the best for us to understand. Thank you for sharing, James Dray 

Jun 23, 2019 08:58 AM #12
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

James Dray Bryn Mawr College grad LOVES this story!!!! Hates math.

Jun 23, 2019 10:43 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - a wonderful trail blazer for math and engineering!

Jun 23, 2019 12:05 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Great story James. Edith was certainly an electrifying figure sparking many dreams for women to follow in her footsteps.

Jun 23, 2019 02:04 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- and cheers to Edith!!!  We often take it for granted that women can become what they want but many years ago, while they could, it certainly wasn't easy. 

Jun 23, 2019 06:24 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Another life and amazing accomplishments...You did very well, Edith Clarke!!

Jun 24, 2019 02:20 PM #17
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