Francis Ronalds (1788–1873): The First Electrical Engineer? [Scanning Our Past]

  title={Francis Ronalds (1788–1873): The First Electrical Engineer? [Scanning Our Past]},
  author={Beverley F. Ronalds},
  journal={Proceedings of the IEEE},
  • B. Ronalds
  • Published 16 June 2016
  • Physics
  • Proceedings of the IEEE
In this month's article, the author takes a look at Francis Ronalds' many contributions during his lifetime such as his documentation of important theoretical insights in electrical science and generation of valuable data sets, and the creation of a world-leading observatory and a large engineering institution. He was, in fact, a prolific inventor of electrical, mechanical, and meteorological devices, but not much is known about him. The author contemplates whether Ronalds deserves to be… 

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