Unlike my last entry about Louis Rota — which inspired a lot of controversy — this time in an issue of 1915’s The Square Deal I’ve found a real engineer who is actually listed in Wikipedia and has a true pedigree.
John Hays Hammond, Jr. is known as “The Father of Radio Control” and here is 1915’s news of his deadly invention. Note that this is four years earlier than the first example listing that Wikipedia has for him.
A WAR INVENTION
It is told as a fact that John Hayes Hammond, Jr., has invented a torpedo so effective that Congress is likely to pay him three-quarters of a million dollars for it.