Mathematician, engineer and inventor Charles Proteus Steinmetz was responsible during the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century for solving a. An electronics genius, Charles Proteus Steinmetz founded the General Electriclaboratory and refined and standardized the study and notation of alternating. Charles Proteus Steinmetz (April 9, – October 26, ) was a German- American mathematician and electrical engineer. He proposed the development of.

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Created many papers for many journals over his life time. Physically small and crippled from birth, like his father and grandfather, Steinmetz had several unusual hobbies and steinmeetz idiosyncrasies, about which many legends accumulated. This book’s first edition was expanded and updated in many subsequent editions.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Shortly after the organization of the General Electric Company in he joined the staff of the Calculating Department and went first to Lynn, Massachusetts and then to Schenectady, New York.

There were thunderous crashes at odd hours of the night.

Knowing where to mark chalk “X”: Archived from the original on Steinmetz Hall, which houses the Union College computer center, is named after ptoteus. Steinmetz equivalent circuit theory is still widely used for the design and testing of induction motors.

His discoveries changed the way engineers thought about circuits and machines and made him the most recognized name in electricity for decades.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz | American engineer |

Working from known data, Steinmetz applied mathematics of a very high level not only to demonstrate that hysteresis existed but to measure its exact effect in any given case. According to Scott, Steinmetz listened to the generator and scribbled computations on the notepad for two straight days and nights.


John Swinton, crusading editor: Steinmetz founded America’s first glider club, but none of its prototypes “could be dignified with the term ‘flight'”. Steijmetz 1,” Means for producing light ” May 7, U. Steinmetz Memorial Scholarship was established at Union by Marjorie Hayden, daughter of Joseph and Corrine Hayden, and is awarded to students majoring in engineering or physics.

He arrived at Ellis Island in and was nearly turned away because he was a dwarf, but an American friend whom Steinmetz was traveling with convinced immigration officials that the young German Ph. Retrieved 21 December To educate the electrical engineering profession, he published several textbooks, including Engineering Mathematicspoteus expanded his original book into three separate volumes.

In the late spring ofon the spur of the moment, he sailed to the United States financed by a student friend who accompanied him. Gradually, through his writing, lecturing, and teaching, his method of calculation with complex numbers was universally adopted in work with alternating currents. He was one of the earliest advocates of atmospheric pollution control, research on solar energy conversion, nationwide electrical networks, electrification of railways, synthetic production of protein, and electric automobiles.

He worked at Union College and served as mayor of Schenectady. Charles Curtis – pioneer of steam turbines. At General Electric, Steinmetz gained an expanded opportunity for research and implementation of his ideas.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz – Wikiquote

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Berg, described the complex number technique for analyzing alternating-current circuits that he had first presented to the Ptoteus Electrical Congress in Chicago in That public attention for Edison and Tesla have continued to this day.

He spent the entire weekend painstakingly reconstructing the mirror, placing the slivers between two panes of glass. Steinmetz’s work revolutionized AC circuit theory and analysiswhich had been carried out using complicated, time-consuming calculus -based methods.


Berg in was read and understood by only tseinmetz very few.

Help us improve this article! Archived steinmdtz the original on October 13, His parents were graduate students paid by General Electric to live with and take care of the man Ball called “Uncle Steinie”.

Engineer and Socialist[10] contended that other factors were more directly involved in Steinmetz’s decision to leave his homeland, such as being in arrears with his tuition at the University and life at home with his father, stepmother, and their daughters being tension filled.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Wizard of Schenectady

Faced with an expiring visa, he emigrated to the United States in He asked for an itemized bill. Steinmetz went to work in Yonkers, N. No one before really understood the physics of what they were experimenting with. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Steinmetz served as president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, head of Schenectady’s board of education, and president of the common council.

He was decidedly versatile and had an astonishing capacity for study. American Institute for Marxist Studies. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Legend has it that management of GE then bought Eickemeyer’s company in order to get Steinmetz, however GE was also interested in Eickmeyer’s transformer patents. University of Breslau, Union College Publications: