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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mechanical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apples (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Reunions
Favorite Quote:
Go Blue.

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1941
Birth Location:
Southampton, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mechanical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apples (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Reunions
Favorite Quote:
Go Blue.

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1941
Birth Location:
Southampton
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Biography

Mechanical engineer and inventor Marshall G. Jones was born on August 1, 1941 in Southampton, New York to Mildred and Dallas Jones. While his father served in the Navy during World War II, Jones and his brother lived with his great aunt and uncle in Aquebogue, New York on their duck farm. Although he had to repeat the fourth grade because of his reading skills, Jones excelled in math and science. Jones attended Riverhead High School and graduated with his diploma in 1960. Two years later, he received his A.A.S. degree from Mohawk Valley Community College. Jones then received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1965. In his graduating class, he was the only African American student in the engineering school. Following work as a development engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Jones went on to attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering in 1972 and 1974, respectively.

Jones entered into industrial research in 1974, working with General Electric Global Research in New York. Jones was one of General Electric’s first scientists researching laser material processing and he soon became the manager of the Laser Technology Program. In 1982, Jones started research on high-power laser beam transmission through optical fibers. His research allowed for the passage of high power laser beams with high efficiency. Jones continued to specialize in laser technology, becoming a major pioneer in the field. His work included the use of lasers to join two dissimilar metal combinations together. He received fifty United States patents, thirty-one foreign patents and wrote over 45 publications. Jones served as an adjunct professor at SUNY of Albany and Schenectady County Community College. He is the subject of the children’s book, Never Give up: The Marshall Jones Story .

Jones won a number of awards for his groundbreaking work. He is the recipient of the General Electric Company’s highest honor, the E-GR Coolidge Fellow. Jones was named the 1994 Black Engineer of the Year for his technical contributions to industry. One year later, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Professional and Community Service from the University of Massachusetts. Jones went on to receive the Pioneer of the Year Golden Torch Award from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in 1999. He was also elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2001 for his contributions to the application of high-power lasers in industry. Jones was a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and the Laser Institute of America (LIA).

Marshall G. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 4, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marshall Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones describes his great-uncle Lawrence Miller's duck farming business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones talks about his great-uncle, Lawrence Miller, and great-aunt, Mary Jackson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones talks about his mother, Mildred Green
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones talks about his father, Dallas Jones
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones talks about his parents' marriage and his father's career in the U.S. Postal Service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones talks about his parents' role in his upbringing (part 1)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marshall Jones talks about his parents' role in his upbringing (part 2)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marshall Jones describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marshall Jones recalls stories from his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones describes the medical condition of being tongue tied
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones describes the sights, smells and sounds of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones describes his experience in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones describes his relationship with his great-uncle, Lawrence Miller
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones talks about repeating the fourth grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones talks about his mother moving away from home
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones describes his teenage interest in airplanes and in becoming a pilot
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones talks about learning algebra at Aquebogue Elementary School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones talks about the demographics at Riverhead High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones talks about playing sports in school - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones talks about playing sports in school - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones describes his decision to attend Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones talks about the death of his great-uncle, Lawrence Miller
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones talks about how he explained his engineering drawings to his mother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones describes his experience at Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones describes his first encounter with racism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones talks about his mentor at Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones describes his decision to transfer to the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marshall Jones describes his experience with racism in Florida in 1961
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marshall Jones talks about his mentor at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones talks about Ted Kaczynski and Marina Oswald attending the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones describes his experience at Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones talks about meeting his wife and getting married
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones describes his decision to pursue his Ph.D. degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones describes his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones talks about his mother's unexpected death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Marshall Jones talks about taking the professional engineering exam
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Marshall Jones describes patent rights and his work at GE Global Research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones describes lasers and his work using lasers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones describes his pioneering work with lasers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones talks about the awards that he has received
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones describes his work on processing laser energy through fiber optics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones talks about his advisory role at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones talks about using lasers in additive manufacturing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Marshall Jones describes his work on using lasers in underwater cladding
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones describes his work on laser-based hotwire welding
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones describes his work on portable plenum laser forming
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones reflects upon his contributions to laser technology and science
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones talks about his overall experience at the General Electric Research Center
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones talks about mentoring and competitive running
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Marshall Jones talks about the inspiration for his book, Never Give Up - The Marshall Jones Story
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Marshall Jones reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Marshall Jones talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Marshall Jones reflects upon his career path
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Marshall Jones talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Marshall Jones describes his photographs