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Collection on M. Herbert Eisenhart

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0159

Scope and Contents

The Collection on M. Herbert Eisenhart contains several pieces of biographical information on Eisenhart. This includes a copy of an article that appeared in the Journal of Optical Society of America in July 1975; an image of one of Eisenhart's bookplates while he was studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and information on the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching, which is named in his honor.


  • Creation: 1975

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Martin Herbert Eisenhart (1884-1975) was born on September 16, 1884 to Charles Augustus and Emma (née Pfahler) Eisenhart. After graduating from Princeton University in 1905, Eisenhart earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1907. He found employment at the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY, working in the chemical plant. After ten years at Eastman Kodak, he accepted a position as a production manager at Bausch & Lomb, a Rochester-based optical manufacturer. Eisenhart worked his way up the corporate later, eventually serving as president of the company from 1935-1950. He then served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1950-1954 and as an honorary Chairman from 1954-1956.

Throughout his career, Eisenhart remained involved in the Rochester community. He served on the board for various companies and organizations such as Taylor Instruments, the Rochester Savings Bank, Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation, Rochester Telephone Company, the Eastman Dental Dispensary, the Rochester Community Chest, and the Rochester Red Cross. Eisenhart was also a Chairman of the Board for the University of Rochester, a member of the Board of Managers for the Eastman School of Music, and served on the Board of Trustees for the Rochester Institute of Technology for over 50 years.

Eisenhart belonged to several professional societies such as the Optical Society of America, the Rochester Engineering Society, the Rochester Chemical Society, and the American Ordnance Association. He also was awarded with the Civic Medal in 1944 by the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Eisenhart married Elsa M. Bausch, the granddaughter of Bausch & Lomb cofounder J. J. Bausch, on April 28, 1914. Together the couple had three children, one of whom was Richard H. Eisenhart, a former trustee of the Rochester Institute of Technology. M. Herbert Eisenhart died on January 7, 1975.


1 Folder(s)




Materials related to M. Herbert Eisenhart, a former trustee of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The collection includes biographical information on Eisenhart.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 814, Box 15

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in April 2011.

Collection on M. Herbert Eisenhart
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
20 April 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA