Tracy, Gordon Frederick

BASc, SM, PEng 
2T1 Electrical 
Inducted: 1978 

Gordon Frederick Tracy (1896-1977) devoted his entire career to the research and teaching of Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked with the team at the University of Toronto that developed the automatic frequency time regulator for electric power systems.

In 1924, Gordon undertook research work at MIT, which was followed by a move to the University of Wisconsin where he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Gordon returned to the University of Toronto in 1947 to serve as Head of the Electrical Engineering Department and remained until 1964. During this period, he taught his special field of electrical machines and contributed significantly to its technical literature. He was a wise and innovative leader.


  • Contributed greatly to electrical engineering education
  • One of team that produced Canada’s unique automatic frequency time regulator for electric power systems
  • Member and Officer (several times) and Fellow (1961) of AIEEE