Sperry, Elmer Ambrose (1860–1930)

Elmer Sperry

Elmer Sperry was an American inventor and industrialist. He is celebrated for his improvements to the gyroscope. In 1910 Sperry invented the gyrocompass. He also designed a number of other electrical devices, including a powerful searchlight. Sperry used gyroscopes in his development of autopilot systems for navigation. He founded the American Institite of Electrical Engineers.