Edwin C. Jones Sr.
Degrees:B.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1925
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1929
Edwin C. Jones has been a part of the College of Engineering at West Virginia University for about two-thirds of its existence, starting as an electrical engineering student in 1921, graduating and joining the faculty in 1925. Professor Jones completed his master's degree in 1929 at the University of Illinois under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Tykociner, best known as the inventor of sound movies. He was appointed Head of Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University in 1948 and became Professor Emeritus in 1969. He has served as College Historian since 1980. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1950, one of the first in the state to be so honored.
Edwin Channing Jones was born in Smithburg (then Smithton), Doddridge County, in Central West Virginia, on July 20, 1903, the year of the Wright brothers' first flight. On his birthday in 1969, the first moon walk took place.
He sponsored the student branch of the IEEE and organized the WVU chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society, in 1947.
He was inducted as part of the Inaugural Academy on October 20, 1989.