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Kansas Inventors - February 20, 2015

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Q: Herbert Merrill Dimond was born in Smith Center, Kan., in 1915. After graduating from college, he worked for General Electric, where he invented the world's first "snooze alarm." From which Kansas school did Herb Dimond receive his degree in electrical engineering?

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A: Kansas State University 

Herbert Merrill Dimond was born in Smith Center, Kan., on September 10, 1915. Dimond graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He joined General Electric Company in 1940 as an electrical engineer and retired from there in 1976. In the 1940s, he was assigned to a team which was used to develop the spin test for the first jet engine. However, this K-State grad is perhaps best remembered by sleepy students and others slow to rise as the inventor of the "Snooze Alarm." Herb Dimond died in 1994 at the age of 78. 

Fun Factoid: Herb Dimond wanted a convertible so bad that he built one himself, by hand. He drove the one-of-a-kind "Dimond" convertible for years.

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