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Offline czdt8m

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Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« on: November 13, 2013, 10:48:12 am »
In EE,as in all disciplines, there have been people that have had a big impact, and have pioneered technology.

I was reading about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Flowers recently.
A sad story as he built the first electronic computer in WWII, but was not recognised for his achievement untill fairly recently.

Who is your favourite EE of all time and why?
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013, 11:28:16 am »
I have a few, but they are all pioneers of electronics/electrics

Nikola Tesla
Michael Faraday
Dick Smith (Australian Business man, if it was not for him I would never seen my first kit.)
Guglielmo Marconi
Samuel Morse
Alexander G Bell

just a few

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013, 11:32:18 am »
Who is your favourite EE of all time?

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013, 11:39:30 am »
Historically, Sir John Ambrose Fleming.

He invented the first successful thermionic valve, which gave birth to the entire electronics industry.

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013, 11:44:32 am »
Historically, Sir John Ambrose Fleming.

He invented the first successful thermionic valve, which gave birth to the entire electronics industry.


It could be argued that the invention of the valve actually slowed progress - maybe semiconductors would have happened earlier if work hadn't been diverted into the thermionic dead-end.
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 11:53:00 am »
Historically, Sir John Ambrose Fleming.

He invented the first successful thermionic valve, which gave birth to the entire electronics industry.


It could be argued that the invention of the valve actually slowed progress - maybe semiconductors would have happened earlier if work hadn't been diverted into the thermionic dead-end.

Maybe. But would functional transistors have been available by the time Tommy Flowers built Colossus?

 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2013, 11:59:01 am »
Jim Williams aka www.audioupgrades.com

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2013, 12:00:37 pm »
Bob Pease
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2013, 01:57:06 pm »
I see Thomas Edison has not made the list yet.
Also  John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley who are the inventors of the transistor should rank highly.

I am not sure if he counts for this list but Forest Mims played a big role in getting amateurs involved in electronics. And some of those amateurs became professional EE's.
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2013, 02:49:33 pm »
Historically, Sir John Ambrose Fleming.

He invented the first successful thermionic valve, which gave birth to the entire electronics industry.

Today? Dave Jones, obviously  ;D
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2013, 02:59:10 pm »
Historically, Sir John Ambrose Fleming.

He invented the first successful thermionic valve, which gave birth to the entire electronics industry.

Today? Dave Jones, obviously  ;D
Whoa.. Lee DeForest ...

Nah, DeForest's triode came several years after the Fleming diode, which he copied, and he didn't even understand how it worked.

Plus of course he's a Yank, so he can't be my hero  :)
 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2013, 03:45:34 pm »
Robert Noyce, Jean Hoerni, Federico Fagggin , Gordon Moore , Andy Grove

Cause they started i tel and made the first coomercially available SRAM, DRAM, PROM , EEPROM,Microprocessor, Microcontroller, DSP, Risc processor, Flash memory. You name it , intel came up with it...
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2013, 03:48:58 pm »
Edwin H. Armstrong, inventor of the regenerative circuit, the superheterodyne receiver, and modern frequency modulation.

I have nothing but contempt for David Sarnoff, a prime example of an American corporate scumbag.

 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2013, 04:06:28 pm »
I almost forgot about Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.  :palm:

Sadly what's left of their company today is far from what they envisioned.
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2013, 04:12:07 pm »
Robert Noyce, Jean Hoerni, Federico Fagggin , Gordon Moore , Andy Grove

Cause they started i tel and made the first coomercially available SRAM, DRAM, PROM , EEPROM,Microprocessor, Microcontroller, DSP, Risc processor, Flash memory. You name it , intel came up with it...

Charles Babbage, the father of the computer.

Freddie Williams and Tom Kilburn, inventors of the world's first random access digital storage device and the world's first stored program computer.

Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson, chief architects of the ARM processor architecture.

The British have always been good at inventing stuff  :) and rubbish at exploiting it  :(

One exception: Sir Robin Saxby, electronics engineer and the man who built ARM into a global chip design firm.


 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2013, 04:55:40 pm »
And nobody mentions Maxwell? Come on people!  ;D
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2013, 05:48:04 pm »
And nobody mentions Maxwell? Come on people!  ;D

Well, strictly speaking he was a physicist, not an engineer.

No-one has mentioned Volta, Coulomb or Ampère either, although Faraday got a vote early on.

Another relatively unsung but brilliant electronics engineer was Alan Blumlein. Among other things he invented the first noise weighting networks, the ultra linear amplifier, and stereo sound. He also made major contributions to the development of television and the first ground scanning airborne radar system.

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2013, 06:26:16 pm »
How about anybody who has a popular oscillator named after them?  Colpitts, Hartley, Clapp, Pierce, Wien, Hansen, Harris, Butler, Lampkin, Gunn, etc.

I'll admit that I don't know a whole lot about these individuals other than their oscillator designs.  And I suspect that many of these oscillators would have been invented by someone else if history had taken a different turn -- the basic oscillator designs are too good NOT to be invented.

Still, I've got to respect these pioneers.  I believe that every interesting electronic device contains at least one oscillator (perhaps that observation is just a definition of the word "interesting").
 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2013, 07:02:17 pm »
Sebastian Ziani De Ferranti. Mostly  because he is the one that did the most to get high pressure ac transmission of the ground in the UK at least and is also the one that  gets forgotten. :-+ He is also the one to blame for you electricity bill, He invented the watt hour electricity meter.  :-DD
 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2013, 07:19:36 pm »
Lenz, who did a lot of work on electrical theory.

Faraday and Davey as well, who did a lot of early electrical theory and practise.
 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2013, 07:28:15 pm »
What about Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, authors of The Art of Electronics?
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2013, 07:55:13 pm »
Sebastian Ziani De Ferranti. Mostly  because he is the one that did the most to get high pressure ac transmission of the ground in the UK at least and is also the one that  gets forgotten. :-+ He is also the one to blame for you electricity bill, He invented the watt hour electricity meter.  :-DD

Also because the company he founded produced the first commercially available electronic computer, although admittedly it was after his death.

More importantly Ferranti developed the ZN414, that nifty little IC-masquerading-as-a-transistor which helped innumerable hobbyists to build their first radio in the seventies and eighties.
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2013, 08:09:16 pm »
Sebastian Ziani De Ferranti. Mostly  because he is the one that did the most to get high pressure ac transmission of the ground in the UK at least and is also the one that  gets forgotten. :-+ He is also the one to blame for you electricity bill, He invented the watt hour electricity meter.  :-DD

Isn't that the ferrarismeter? Based on the research by Galileo Ferraris?
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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2013, 08:32:02 pm »
Jedlik Ányos first dynamo
Zipernowsky Károly first high efficiency transformer for power conversion
Tihanyi Kálmán plasma television (1936!!)
Gábor Dénes holograpy
Szilárd Leó first theory of electron microscope, nuclear reactor, nuclear bomb, technically not an EE but still.
 

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Re: Important Electronics Engineers from the past (or present)
« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2013, 09:20:41 pm »
Don Lancaster... author of several cookbooks every engineer should have on the bookshelf.

Walter Jung also. *thanks rolycat
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