Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Edison and Steinmetz
Two founding fathers of electricity
Charles Proteus Steinmetz, 1865-1923
A genius born in German Prussia (now Wroclaw, Poland), Steinmetz immigrated to America and became famous for explaining alternating current electricity mathematically. He was also co-founder of the GE Research Lab (today called GE Global Research). He was an inventor with over 200 patents and also a distinguished professor at Union College. Steinmetz loved children and developed an interest in improving education. While on Schenectady School Board, he was instrumental in building three new Schenectady schools, and expanding three others. He instituted special classes for the learning disabled. Just over four
Some Accomplishments of Charles Proteus Steinmetz:
Law of hysteresis Formula for alternating current Theory of electrical transients Co-founder of General Electric Research Lab Founder of electrical engineering Department at Union College Professor of Electrical Engineering and Electro-physics at Union College Co-developer of first three phase electrical system Helped develop the worlds first monocyclic power distribution system With Union College produced the first scheduled radio broadcast for public entertainment in the U.S. on October 14, 1920 President of the Board of Education of Schenectady and school innovator President of the Schenectady City Council Member of Schenectady Parks Commission President of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (now IEEE) First vice-president of the International Association of Municipal Electricians (now IMSA) Author of 13 books and 60 articles
Thomas Alva Edison, 1842-1931
Thomas Alva Edison was Americas most prolific inventor with 1093 patents, a record surpassed only in 2003. He is credited with the first practical incandescent light bulb, movies, phonograph recording, and
Some Accomplishments of Thomas Alva Edison:
Commercially successful incandescent lamp Commercial scale electric power Movie camera Phonograph Fluoroscope Alkaline storage batteries Electrical generators Electric locomotive engine Microphone Pushbutton voting machine Automated high-speed telegraph receiver Improved stock price ticker Improved Portland cement
Some Accomplishments of General Electric: First large steam turbine-generator installation First gas turbine-generator installation Medical X-rays Low-cost hermetically sealed refrigeration Vacuum tubes First practical ductile tungsten lightbulb Calrod heating units for electric stoves Magnetron vacuum tube Electrical loudspeakers Television First television station Lexan plastic Cloud seeding Missile guidance technology Noryl (high temperature plastic) Industrial lasers Man-made
Erected 2015 by the Citizens of Schenectady.
Location. 42° 48.784′ N, 73° 56.82′ W. Marker is in Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is at the intersection of Erie Boulevard and South Ferry Street, on the right when traveling south on Erie Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Mill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Electric Building 32 (about 800 feet away); South Gate of Stockade (about 800 feet away); The Kings Highway (about 800 feet away); South Shore Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southwest Corner of Stockade (approx. 0.2 miles away); M-7 Day (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clench's Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schenectady.
More about this marker. Marker has six panels with two panels each about Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz. One panel is a tribute to both from Schenectady and the last is about General Electric
Also see . . .
1. Steinmetz's First Home in Schenectady. (Submitted on March 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
2. Thomas Edison. (Submitted on March 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
3. Thomas Edison Biography. (Submitted on March 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
4. Pictorial history of General Electric. (Submitted on March 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
5. Brief History of GE. (Submitted on March 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
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