Aleksander ("Lutek") was born in Krakow on Aug. 14, 1916. He
received his Bechelor of Science degree from
the Lwow Polytechnic. Shortly thereafter he was deported to a Russian slave
labor camp. Later he served in the Polish Air Force in England,
during World War II. After the War, he received a Masters' degree, and
taught math at the London University.
In 1952, Lutek came to the US and started to work for Marotta
Valve. He refined Marotta's solenoids and designed and developed new
types of solenoids, which made Marotta's solenoid valves the
"Cadillacs" of the industry. He also invented and designed the line
of electronic controllers which precisely control pressure, flow and
velocity in critical applications in the aerospace and steel industries.
Lutek died on Jan. 18, 1968.