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Roger Williams, no not the founder of Rhode Island, but his sixth great grandson 2 was also a renaissance man, in his own right, in the beginning of the 20th century. 1

Williams was born in Providence, RI on August 13, 1892 2. Williams graduated from Brown University in 1914 with a degree in Chemical Engineering 1. and went to work for the American Emery Wheel Works in Providence. 5

Williams was interested in Radio starting in 1906 and ran amature station 1CPX after World War I. He also held the first Commercial License in Rhode Island. In 1915 he was the wireless operator on the SS Mount Hope 4.

A registered Patent Attorney in Foreign Patents and started his own firm in 1936, and joined the firm of Richardson, David & Norden in 1967 5.

His hobbies inclunded Philology and Linguistics and was a Life Member of the Providence Engineering Society 4. In 1925 he was Chief Engineer of the CeCo tube company and in 1929 of the Triad Tube Company. 4.

Roger was the son of James Wilmarth Williams (Aug 23 1859 - Jan 5 1917) and Flora Belle Tillinghast (Mar 25 1862 - May 12 1947) 3.

Roger Williams was married to Odessa Roane Lastrapes and they had a son Robert Wilmot (Wilmarth?) Williams and a daughter Ebba Granstrom Williams 3.

Mr Williams died in Manhattan, New York, New York, on the 24th of Nov 1960 at age 68. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in mid December 1960 in the Providence river at the bottom of Brown hill by his only son Robert Wilmot (Wilmarth?) Williams. 2.


Brown Alumni Monthly February 1961




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Williams traveled at least 4 times, once in 1916 on the S S Bermudian traveling from Hamilton Bermuda to New York, then in 1929 on the S S Arabic traveling from Antwerp to Mew York, in 1941 he traveled from Saint Johns Newfoundland to New York on the S S Farnorth and lastly on the S S San Jacinto sailing from San Juan PR to New York


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Providence Journal February 12, 1924
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Pioneer To Give Lecture Course

“Radiotelephony” to Be Subject of 10 Addresses at Brown University

INITIAL TALK ON FEB. 20

Registration Already Begun for Series of Meetings in Room 1, Wilson Hall. – General Discussions and Experiments Are Planned

Of interest to all radio enthusiasts who want to know something about the fundamental principles of the science and about the instruments in use today in the announcement that Roger Williams, one of the pioneers in radio experiment in this State, will give a course of 10 lectures at Brown University on “Radiotelephony”

Mr. Williams’s first lecture is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Feb. 20. At 8 o’clock in room 1, Wilson Hall on the middle campus. His topic will be “Fundamental Units and Their Measurement.” He will also take up tuning systems. The subjects of his remaining lessons will be “Electromagnet Waves, Transmitters and Antennas” “Reception Fixed Detectors.” “Thermionic Vacuum Tubes.” “Amplification, Audio Frequency.” “Amplification, Radio Frequency. “ “Special Cases, Regeneration, Super regeneration.” “Typical Receivers.” “Long Distance Transmission.” “Guided Wave Systems.” “Construction and Operation of Simple Receivers.”

The course according to Mr Williams has been arranged that some knowledge of rudimentary mathematics and electrical engineering will be desirable, but not necessary. During his lectures he will make experiments and give demonstrations freely. At the end of each lecture there will be an opportunity fo discuss topics of interest to the class.

Registration for the course has already begun and will continue up the night of the last lecture. Admission to individual lectures will also be optional. It is understood that Arthur E Watson, associate professor of engineering at Brown and in charge of radio experiment on the Hill has signified his intention of taking Mr. Williams’s course.



Providence Journal April 26, 1925


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1 Brown University 1914 Yearbook

2 Find A Grave

3 Ancestry.com

4 Golden Jubilee Year Book 1958

5 Brown Alumni Monthly February 1961