Musser, Walton

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Musser, Walton Gender: M
Clarence Walton Musser
born on 5 April 1909 at 17:45 (= 5:45 PM )
Place Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 40n02, 76w18
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 15°30' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 16°33 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 06°49'


American inventor of strain wave gearing, also credited with over 250 major inventions and discoveries.

Some of his inventions were the Army recoilless rifle, aircraft personnel catapults, instrumentation for underwater detonation testing. His varied career included experience in many diverse fields. He was research advisor to the Department of Defense for 15 years. With other industrial and government organizations, he served as chief engineer, director of research, and consultant. He held professional engineering licences in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. As a research adviser to United Shoe Machinery Corp., he explored nonrigid-body mechanics, using controlled deflection as an operating medium. In 1957 Musser announced invention of strain wave gearing also known as Harmonic Drive (U. S. patent 2,906,143). He is also the inventor of first fluidic stepper actuators.

He died on 8 June 1998, aged 89.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Strain wave gearing)