Stray sparks from the induction coil: The volta prize and the page patent

  title={Stray sparks from the induction coil: The volta prize and the page patent},
  author={Robert Post},
  journal={Proceedings of the IEEE},
  • R. Post
  • Published 1 September 1976
  • History
  • Proceedings of the IEEE
In 1864, following the recommendation of a committee of eminent French scientists, Emperor Napoleon III awarded "Le Prix Volta," 50 000 francs, to a Paris instrument maker, Heimich D. Ruhmkorff, for "l'invention de la bobine d'induction." When news of this reached Washington, Charles G. Page, a patent examiner, claimed to have anticipated Ruhmkorff's first coils by 13 years. Page was subsequently able to secure a special Act of Congress authorizing an extraordinary patent for the coil. While… 
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