Oral history interview with Paul F. Godley, 1951

 

Name
Godley, Paul F (Interviewee)
Hill, Frank Ernest, 1888-1969 (Interviewer)
Title
Oral history interview with Paul F. Godley, 1951
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Paul F. Godley, 1951
Abstract
In this interview with Ernest Hill, Paul Godley discusses his family's lineage on both parents' sides, his relationship with father, time spent with brother, interest in communications and college experience. Godley describes his home life and the need to move frequently due to his father's fundraising work for the church. Godley delves into his first interest in communications when he was about fi ve years old when telephone lines were installed near his home. He explains how he learned to telegraph as a result of "tinkering" he and his brother did with equipment on the farm. After receiving a telegraph machine, Godley taught himself to setup a line and Morse code. Godley describes his awareness of Marconi's accomplishments, which inspired him to pursue his interest, and the professors at Defiance College who supported his work and expanded his professional network. Godley discusses his experience on the denominational college campus. He describes summer employment and fill-in work on the telegraph that he did as an undergraduate. Godley also discusses how he became further interested in communications and communications problems, including wireless communications
Collection Name
Radio pioneers project
Subjects
Telegraph; Morse code; Radio--History; Godley, Paul F; Defiance College
Format
oral histories; sound recordings
Genre
Interviews
Physical Description
sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Note (Biographical)
Paul F. Godley (1889 - 1973) was born on September 25, 1899 in Garden City, Kansas and is the youngest of three children born to his father, Reverend Albert Godley of the Union Congregational church, and Ora Pearce Godley. The family, originally from New Jersey, moved frequently due to his father's work. Godley attended the University of Illinois and Defiance University in Defiance, Ohio. After college, he worked as a railroad telegrapher and dispatcher. In 1921 Godley tested trans-Atlantic shortwave signals, the forerunner of radio telegraph and telephone communications, for American Radio League in Scotland. Between from 1926 and 1963 Godley operated a consulting radio engineering company in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. He worked with Giglielmo Marconi, Lee DeForest, Edwin, H. Armstrong and Michael Pupin on wireless and radio improvements. In 1967 he received the De Forest Audion Award from the Veteran Wireless Operators
Paul F. Godley (1889 - 1973) was born on September 25, 1899 in Garden City, Kansas and is the youngest of three children born to his father, Reverend Albert Godley of the Union Congregational church, and Ora Pearce Godley. The family, originally from New Jersey, moved frequently due to his father's work. Godley attended the University of Illinois and Defiance University in Defiance, Ohio. After college, he worked as a railroad telegrapher and dispatcher. In 1921 Godley tested trans-Atlantic shortwave signals, the forerunner of radio telegraph and telephone communications, for American Radio League in Scotland. Between from 1926 and 1963 Godley operated a consulting radio engineering company in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. He worked with Giglielmo Marconi, Lee DeForest, Edwin, H. Armstrong and Michael Pupin on wireless and radio improvements. In 1967 he received the De Forest Audion Award from the Veteran Wireless Operators
Note
Interviewed by Frank Ernest Hill on July 2, 1951
Note (Provenance)
Paul F. Godley, Gift 1951
Language
English
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Catalog Record
12264169
Also In
Oral History Archives at Columbia
Time-Based Media
Persistent URL
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-thvn-sm06
Related URLs
Available digital content for this interview.