Alfred E Gibson

The Wellman Engineering Company

Alfred E Gibson was a Canadian-born mechanical engineer. He was president of The Wellman Engineering Company, Cleveland, Ohio. Together with his wife Mary Wallihan Gibson , he received an award from the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation recognizing their scientific contributions to arc welding, especially on low alloy high strength steels. Their prize was $13,941.33 for their paper on "Commercial Weldery."


The company built furnaces and charging machines, gas producers and steel plant. It held several patents for products to be used in the steel, glass, ceramic, chemical, power generation, aviation, railway and mining industries. Ore-handling equipment and the 'Williams' excavating buckets were produced after taking over the G. H. Williams Company in  Erie, Pennsylvania.

First Presentation of the American Welding Society’s Lincoln Gold Medal, 18 October 1937. Colonel Glen F. Jenks (b. 1880) (left, in front), chairman of Award Committee of the American Welding Society, presented the Lincoln Gold Medal to Thomas M. Jackson (1883-1967) (right). In the back row were: E. R. Fish (left), American Welding Society senior vice president; Alfred E. Gibson (middle), executive vice-president of Wellman Engineering Company and American Welding Society president; and Miss M. M. Kelly (right), American Welding Society secretary. Jackson, chief electrical and welding engineer at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania, received the medal for his paper Welding in Tanker Construction. © Smithsonian Institution Archives, 1937

In his spare time he built cabinets, which looked so professional, that his work was exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art.



  • Alfred E. Gibson: Nickel-Copper High-Strength Steels for Welded Construction, February, 1937