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Dr. Allan N Greenwood PhDSeptember 10, 2010
Troy - Dr. Allan N Greenwood, 87, a long time Professor of Electrical Power Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute died Friday after a long and productive life.
Born in Leeds, England, Dr. Greenwood is survived by his wife of 66 years, Grace, his children Janet Jones, Stephen Greenwood and Hilary Miller and six grandchildren Darryl, Dayle, Aimee, Scott, Brad and Erin.
Dr. Greenwood earned his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University. During WWII, he used his skills as an electrical engineer to find mines in the Irish Sea as an officer in the British Royal Navy. Following the war he received a PhD from Leeds University where he began his long career in Power
Dr. Greenwood's professional accomplishments spanned more than four decades. He emigrated from his native England to work for General Electric in Philadelphia. During nearly 20 years there, he lead the development of radically new vacuum circuit breaker technology that became the world standard. Returning to his academic roots in 1971, he became a professor and chairman of the Electric Power Engineering Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Of his several books, the Electrical Transients in Power Systems text is world renowned, and to this day challenges graduate students around
the globe. Dr. Greenwood was an active and respected member of the IEEE and CIGRE - collaborating with engineers on six continents.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Dr Allan Greenwood's name to the RPI, Gift Center, PO Box 3164, Boston, Ma 02241-3164.
A gathering to commemorate his life will be held at a later date.