Charles Gordon

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Gordon was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1860. In 1881, he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in civil engineering. Two years later he received his law degree from the New York Law School. After graduation, he worked as a patent attorney before starting his own firm.

Eight years later he partnered with Charles Crocker and Schuyler Wheeler to form another company to market electric appliances. He found his real calling in 1896 when he received his first patent followed closely by another one. He sold those to General Electric in 1901. He received another patent in 1899, which he received an award from ASME and the Holley Medal in 1950. He died in 1953 in Suffolk County, New York.

What you may not know about Charles is the two patents were for steam turbines. The one he developed in 1899, was the first functioning gas turbine in the United States. As far as I can tell it is still being used to this day, of course with some improvements.

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

Good morning, James Dray another hometown boy makes good.... 

Aug 21, 2019 02:57 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... can't say I fully understand the intricacies of any kind of turbine, but clearly Charles Gordon made a huge contribution with his inventions.

Aug 21, 2019 04:18 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The mind should not be wasted. Some do not! Enjoy your day!

Aug 21, 2019 04:40 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

All now we hear is clean energy which for the most part is a misnomer!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 21, 2019 05:17 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - as I read some of your posts, they make me realize how little I know about some "things".  

Aug 21, 2019 05:24 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another interesting man that I would never have known about if it weren't for you telling us about him.

Aug 21, 2019 05:45 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I'll guess that he did not get paid too much for such a great invention.

Aug 21, 2019 05:59 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story about Charles Gordon.  I had no idea, and I keep learning from you.  A

Aug 21, 2019 06:02 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I love it when we see longevity to a patent or an invention.  It stands the test of time.

Aug 21, 2019 06:30 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, It is still working to this day, wow, that is a long time.  Thanks for the information.


Aug 21, 2019 09:46 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is one talented and diverse man. Great read.

Aug 21, 2019 09:56 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi  James - as far as I know too the gas turbine is still in operation. 

Aug 21, 2019 10:21 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- another brilliant person whose inventions have had a great impact on our lives. 

Aug 21, 2019 11:03 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I was pushed around the Pacific Ocean for three and a half years by a steam turbine generator, hooked to a nuclear reactor. I couldn't have done it without this invention James Dray 

Aug 21, 2019 11:40 AM #14
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Wow, back in in 1899, he patented the first functioning gas turbine in the United States.

Aug 21, 2019 04:27 PM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Steam power is an amazing thing James Dray . I love going to shows of antique steam equipment.

Aug 24, 2019 06:54 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am always amazed at the early develoments from visionary people.

Aug 25, 2019 02:55 PM #17
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