Hall of Fame for Great Americans 1970
About the members of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans for 1970 including Michelson, Wald and others.
THE HALL OF FAME FOR GREAT AMERICANS
There were 109 electors, and 55 votes were required for election.
In 1970 the schedule of elections was changed to every three years instead of every five. This was done in order to provide for an election in 1976, the Bicentennial year.
Albert A. Michelson, scientist (82). Michelson (1852-1931) determined the speed of light.
Lillian Wald, humanitarian (68). Wald (1867-1940) labored for the betterment of social conditions among the poor of New York City.
In his first year of eligibility, Franklin D. Roosevelt was 2 votes shy of election. Jefferson Davis dropped to 17 votes while Andrew Carnegie continued as runner-up. One vote each went to Karl Landsteiner, Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine; Jacob Schiff, financier; and Nikola Tesla, developer of new concepts in electricity.
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