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The People Who Created Our Jobs

Franklin flew his kite on a Philadelphia night;
He saw that lightning was electricity.
Coulomb could tell that like charges repel
By the inverse square of their distance.

Yes, I really wrote those words.

The electrical units, equations, and concepts that we use today are named after the men who either discovered them or made significant contributions to their discovery. In 1999, Joseph F. Keithley, founder of Keithley Instruments, wrote a book about the people for whom we owe our careers: The Story of Electrical and Magnetic Measurements: From 500 BC to the 1940s .

Keithley devotes chapters to such giants as Franklin, Volta, Ampere, Faraday, Fourier, Gauss, Ohm, Maxwell, Hertz, Kelvin, and Marconi. Because he limits his book to those involved with electrical and magnetic measurements, Keithley excludes the likes of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, great inventors in their own right. Tesla is also absent.

For the full story, see EBN sister site EE Times.

— Martin Rowe is the Senior Technical Editor for EE Times .

1 comment on “The People Who Created Our Jobs

  1. Susan Fourtané
    September 2, 2014

    How interesting. I like watching movies, or documentaries about scientists whose work have influenced today's science and teachnology, and have been the origin of many of the things that we take for granted, electricity, for example. 

    -Susan

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