Miller Hutchison, American inventor

Miller Hutchison, American inventor

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Caption: Miller Hutchison (1876-1944), American electrical engineer and inventor. Miller Reese Hutchison developed some of the first portable electric devices, such as the vehicle horn. In 1895 he developed the first electrical hearing aid - known as the Akoulathon or later the Acousticon. Before forming his own company in 1918, Hutchison was chief engineer of Thomas Edison's laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey, USA, from August 1912 until July 1918. By 1936 he was estimated to have over 1000 patents.

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