Hmm….Well rounded, multi-talented…. He does what
he does and does it well!
Meredith Gourdine excelled in academics, atheletics, track and
field, as well as swimming. (Wonderful to see someone who can balance
both academics and schooling. Some people can only do one. But its
really really great if you can do both.)
Gourdine competed in sprints, hurdles,
and long jumps. He finished second place at the 1952 NCA Track
and Field Championship. Meredith was chosen to
represent the United States at the 1952 Summer Olympics
Games in Helsinki, Finland. He was awarded a silver medal
in the long jump competition.
Meredith received a Bachelor’s Degree in
Engineering Physics in 1953. Gourdine got a loan of
$200,000,000 (look at the zeros go) from family and friends and opened
Gourdine Laboratories(sounds so good), which is a research laboratory
located in Livingston, New Jersey and at its height he
employed 150 people.
Some people can say that they have a great career
and have that be true. But not everyone gets their own
laboratories. But I’m so glad this man did!
Gourdine had research in the field of electrogasdynamics.
and electrogasdynamics is the generation of energy from
the motion of ionized gas molecules under high pressure.
Meredith Gourdine was inducted into the Engineering
and Science Hall of Fame in 1994.