Stanley Yale Beach

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Stanley Yale Beach was the grandson of Scientific American owner Alfred Ely Beach and became Aeronautic Editor of the magazine.

Beach's father Frederick Converse Beach funded some of Gustave Whitehead's airplane work; Stanley Beach later testified that Whitehead created some effective and stable glider designs, but that "I do not believe that any of his machines ever left the ground under their own power in spite of the assertions of many persons who think they saw them fly."[1]

According to Yale University:

Stanley Yale Beach, an American inventor, descended from a prominent family of noted inventors, engineers, and publishers in New York and Connecticut. His great-grandfather was Moses Yale Beach (1800-1868), an inventor, publisher of the New York Sun, and founder of the Associated Press. His grandfather was Alfred Ely Beach (1826-1896), for fifty years the editor and publisher of the journal Scientific American, though best remembered for two of his inventions, a Braille typewriter for the blind and the Beach Pneumatic Railway, the first subterranean transit system in New York City. His father was Frederick Converse Beach (1848-1918), an 1868 graduate of the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University, a New York patent attorney, photographer, founding editor of the journal American Amateur Photographer, publisher and editor of Scientific American, and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Americana.
Stanley Yale Beach was born on July 9, 1877, in Stratford, Connecticut, to Frederick and Margaret Gilbert Beach. Like his father, he attended the Sheffield Scientific School, graduating in 1898, and afterward developed a lifetime interest in aeronautics, engineering, and inventing. In 1897 Beach eloped with Helen Birdseye Curtis, a student at Wellesley College and a resident of Stratford, where the couple settled and raised their children Frederick, Alfred, and Margaret. Even though he had a career as first "Automobile Editor" and then "Aeronautic Editor" of Scientific American, Beach appears to have been primarily supported by income from a trust set up by his father in 1914, and by checks received periodically from his mother. During the week Beach operated out of the Beach Building at 125 East 23rd Street in New York City, and from there ran various entrepreneurial enterprises such as the Beach Engineering Company, the Beach Laboratories, the Scientific Aeroplane Company, and associations including the Aero Science Club.[2]

Beach was assigned ½ of Patent US-1908-881837 by Whitehead and appears as co-filer on international version of the same.

He was a member of the Aero Club of America, speaking on 9 March 1907 on the energy per pound required for flying.[3]

Patents whose inventor or applicant is Stanley Yale Beach

Publications by or about Stanley Yale Beach


  1. "Stanley Yale Beach" at Flying Machines by Carroll F. Gray.
  2. Stanley Yale Beach papers, Archives at Yale, retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. Robie, 1993, p. 37.


Names Stanley Yale Beach
Birth date 1877-07-09
Death date 1955-07-13
Countries US
Locations New York City; Stratford, Connecticut
Occupations editor, publisher, businessman
Tech areas Airplane
Affiliations Scientific American, Aero Club of America
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