Russell Meredith was born in 1901.  His interest in welding began while he was a pipeliner for the Southern California Gas Company. Later, while working for Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood he repaired cars that were banged up from movie chase scenes.

In 1934 Russell joined Lockheed where he worked for 35 years.  During that time he was assigned to figure out how to weld magnesium for Dr. John K. Northrup's XP-56 airplane body.

In 1942, Meredith was issued US Patent 2274631 for the process originally named Heli-Arc welding and now known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.

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