Popular Scientists Who have Impacted Electrical and Electronics Engineering

A question may have always arose in your mind that who are the scientists that gave their names to electrical units such as Volts, Amps, Ohms, Coulombs etc? Who are all these people that we name theorems after in the lectures?

Alessandro Guiseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta

Alessandro Guiseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta is well pioneer in the field of electricity. The SI unit of electric potential was named after him as the Volt. The portrait was featured on the Italian 10,000 Lire banknote. He was the youngest kid among the 7 children. When he was 7 his father died and after that his uncle raised him and took the charge of his education. His uncle wanted him to be an attorney, but Volta chose the study of electricity.

Andre-Marie Ampere

Andre-Marie Ampere was a mathematician, a chemist, a physicist and a philosopher. The SI unit of electric current was named after him as the Ampere. Since childhood he had a great exposure to a library and left him to educate himself according to his own tastes. Andre soon discovered his passion for mathematics. He carried out a series of experiments to prove that magnetism was electricity in motion and summarized 9 points regarding this fact. During his experiments Ampere was able to unify fields of electricity and magnetism on a basic numeric level. This numeric value was abbreviated as Ampere.

Nicola Tesla

Nicola Tesla was a pioneer in the field of high-tension electricity. The SI unit of magnetic flux density was named after him as the Tesla. He had made a lot of inventions and discoveries of great value for the development of radio transmission and to the field of electricity. All these included a system of arc lightning, the Tesla induction motor and a system of AC transmission,the Tesla coil, a transformer to increase oscillating currents to high potential, a system of wireless communication and a system of transmitting electric power without wires.


Some Amazing Facts About Electricity Which Will Amaze You

Electricity is considered to be a staple of modern life. If we have a look electricity is way more beyond lighting rooms and power devices. Here are some very interesting facts about electricity which will definitely amaze you.

  • A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.
  • Electricity travels at the speed of light, i.e more than 186,000 miles per second!
  • First use of the word electric was printed in 1646 which was abbreviated from the Greek ‘elektron’ meaning ‘amber’.
  • Ancient Romans recommended touching electric fish can help in curing headache or gout.
  • Reports of people receiving shocks from electric fish are said to be dated back to ancient Egyptians texts of 2750BC.
  • Around 600BC, Thales Of Miletus who was a Greek philosopher became the first person to experiment on electricity by rubbing pieces of amber.
  • The first items to be powered by electricity were the sewing machine, fan,kettle and toaster.
  • The electric chair was invented by Edison for not the means of execution but to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current.
  • The first street in the world to be lit by electric light bulb was Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1879.
  • In the Mexican city of Torreon you can be fined 20 pounds if you were found using an electric razor while driving.
  • Iceland is the only country whose electricity supply entirely comes form renewable sources.
  •  The electric eel can deliver shocks up to 600 volts. But very few know that it is not an eel but a type if knifefish.
  • Ben Franklin carried out an extensive electricity research in the 18th century, by inventing the lightning rod amongst his many discoveries. In the event of lightning strike, the lightning rod conducts the strike through a grounded wire, protecting the building.