George Warren Fuller was born in Franklin, Massachusetts back in 1868. After graduating from high school, he continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the tender age of 16 receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1890. He was sent to Berlin, Germany to continue his education where he studied bacteriology and the Hygiene Institute of the University of Berlin.
Upon his return to the United States he worked at the Lawrence Experiment Station in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He worked for the City of Louisville, Kentucky to study water filtration from 1895-97. He opened up a consulting practice in New York City in 1899, where he worked on several water projects. It is estimated that he consulted on over 150 municipalities and agencies during his career.
What you may not know about George is that he designed and built the first modern water filtration plant and designed and built the first chlorination system that disinfected a U.S. drinking water supply. While there have been improvements on his design the basic concept remains.
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