Professor Alexander M. Gorlov of Northeastern University in Boston is the 2001 recipient of the ASME Thomas A. Edison Patent Award for his invention of the Gorlov Helical Turbine. The Edison Patent Award was established in 1997 to recognize the creativity of a patented device or process that has the potential of significantly enhancing some aspect of mechanical engineering. Professor Gorlov is a Professor Emeritus of mechanical engineering at Northeastern.

Gorlov has had a rich professional lifetime involved in mechanical invention. His main interest has been in harnessing low head hydropower, using naturally occurring river and tidal flows, and wind power for the direct, clean generation of electricity.

His initial efforts were with the Hydro-pneumatic Power Converter, a device that was able to use the energy in a flowing stream to compress air, which then was directed to an air turbine. In an attempt to...

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