George C. Clark was born and raised in Chicago. The circumstances of his education are unknown.
In 1922, he said this about himself, “Mr. Clark, the inventor, has had wide experience in electrical work, having been associated with the Thompson Houston Electric Co., the Western Electric Co., Peter Cooper Hewitt, and A. Frederick Collins in various capacities since 1890. In the course of his experience he patented many well known electrical devices, particularly as applied to X- ray and electro-medical equipment.”
Sometimes he owned his own companies and at other times he worked for other companies. Census records, city directories and voter registrations consistently show him working at businesses that specialized in technology, primarily electrical devices.
Clark claimed that he had worked in electrical businesses since 1890, and that he had worked for Thompson Houston Electric Co., the Western Electric Co., Peter Cooper Hewitt, and A. Frederick Collins, probably before he arrived in San Francisco in about 1904. In San Francisco he owned the Clark Static Machine Company and Clark & Whittemore Static Machines. While living in Oakland he started the Pacific Electrostatic Company, worked for an engineer named Paul Seiler, demonstrated the Burlingame Telegraphing Typewriter, was an engineer and draftsman for Victory Engine Works, worked for Marchant Calculating Machine Company, dabbled in creating radio vacuum tubes, created a device he called the “Vario-Antenna” and started the short-lived Clark Radio Manufacturing Corporation.
George has been identified as the person who manufactured the Drake "Plate of Brass."
Clark married Lydia Daggett in San Francisco. After the 1906 earthquake and fire, the Clarks settled permanently in Oakland, California.
For information, see Radio Magazine, October, 1922 and Tube Collector magazine, December, 2004.
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