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Dr Max Mason

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Dr Max Mason

Birth
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
22 Mar 1961 (aged 83)
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, USA Add to Map
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Mathematical physicist. During World War I, Dr. Mason invented the "hydrophone" used to detect submarines. While at the California Institute of Technology he chaired the council that directed construction of the Mt. Palomar Observatory.

Dr. Mason was married four times. His first wife was Mary Louise Freeman, who died in 1928. His second marriage, to Mrs. Mary Adams Eyster, ended in divorce in 1939. The same year, he married Mrs. Helen Schermerhorn Young. His fourth and final wife was Daphne Crane, who died in 1960.

The 1989 death certificate of his son William Vroman Mason gives his name as Charles Max Mason. He was enumerated as Max C. Mason on the 1900 U.S. Census of Madison, Wisconsin, but most other documents, including a 1918 United States passport application, show his name simply as Max Mason.

Dr. Mason's other children were Maxwell Mason and Mrs. Mary "Mollie" Mason Jones.

Sources: Wisconsin, U.S., Marriage Records, 1820-2004; U.S., Passport Applications, 1795-1925; obituary, The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), Friday, March 24, 1961; report, Pasadena (California) Independent, Friday, March 24, 1961.
Mathematical physicist. During World War I, Dr. Mason invented the "hydrophone" used to detect submarines. While at the California Institute of Technology he chaired the council that directed construction of the Mt. Palomar Observatory.

Dr. Mason was married four times. His first wife was Mary Louise Freeman, who died in 1928. His second marriage, to Mrs. Mary Adams Eyster, ended in divorce in 1939. The same year, he married Mrs. Helen Schermerhorn Young. His fourth and final wife was Daphne Crane, who died in 1960.

The 1989 death certificate of his son William Vroman Mason gives his name as Charles Max Mason. He was enumerated as Max C. Mason on the 1900 U.S. Census of Madison, Wisconsin, but most other documents, including a 1918 United States passport application, show his name simply as Max Mason.

Dr. Mason's other children were Maxwell Mason and Mrs. Mary "Mollie" Mason Jones.

Sources: Wisconsin, U.S., Marriage Records, 1820-2004; U.S., Passport Applications, 1795-1925; obituary, The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), Friday, March 24, 1961; report, Pasadena (California) Independent, Friday, March 24, 1961.


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  • Created by: Prairie Mary
  • Added: Aug 16, 2022
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/242713449/max-mason: accessed ), memorial page for Dr Max Mason (26 Oct 1877–22 Mar 1961), Find a Grave Memorial ID 242713449, citing Pomona Valley Memorial Park, Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Prairie Mary (contributor 47510724).