Who Invented the Transformer? [Historical]

  title={Who Invented the Transformer? [Historical]},
  author={Massimo Guarnieri},
  journal={IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine},
  • M. Guarnieri
  • Published 11 December 2013
  • History
  • IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
If we were to ask who invented the transformer, we would obtain different answers from different countries. The same would happen if we asked who conceived the internal combustion engine, the electric motor, the telegraph, the telephone, the radio, the television, or the computer. This is not surprising because, in several cases, the priority of inventions that occurred almost simultaneously in different places has been the object of long and bitter court trails, and the final judgments have… 

How the Genie of Electronics Sprang Out [Historical]

Electronics is the branch of physics and technology concerning the behavior and movement of electrons in solids, fluids, and in a vacuum; it also deals with tubes, solid-state components, and

Switching the Light: From Chemical to Electrical [Historical]

There are many good reasons to celebrate light besides the scientific achievements triggered by al-Haytham's work 1,000 years ago, which was described in the 'Historical' column in the last issue of

The Big Jump from the Legs of a Frog [Historical]

  • M. Guarnieri
  • Engineering
    IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
  • 2014
In recent years, we have witnessed growth in the importance of electrochemical storage for both stationary and mobile applications. With regard to the former, we have seen that the increasing

Power Electronics for Renewable Energy Systems, Transportation and Industrial Applications [Book News]

Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications, Protocols, and Standards is a valuable tool for students, practicing engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs and scientists working in the areas of sensor networks and devices, industrial computer and sensor networks, instrumentation, and electrical and computer engineering.

The rise of light

  • M. Guarnieri
  • Physics
    2015 ICOHTEC/IEEE International History of High-Technologies and their Socio-Cultural Contexts Conference (HISTELCON)
  • 2015
This article is inspired by the celebration of the year light in 2015 and regards the long lasting relationship between man and light. Man started using light in prehistoric times and the oldest

An Historical Survey on Light Technologies

A survey of the exploitation of light throughout the authors' history, including cinema, image processing, lasers, photovoltaic cells, and optical discs, and the recent success of fiber optics, white LEDs, and holography, evidence how vastly and deeply the interaction between light and man is still growing.

Once Upon a Time?The Compass [Historical]

Some time ago, a short article about the magnetic compass was placed on the Internet by ?The Institute Alert? of the IEEE, which brought to my mind that the story of this small and simple device

Evolution in Solid-State Transformer and Power Electronic Transformer for Distribution and Traction System

This paper discusses the latest go-through in advanced topologies of P.E.T. and SST modules both in traction and distribution systems and their architectural designs.



The Beginning of Electric Energy Transmission: Part Two [Historical]

After the early experimental lines realized by Gaulard and Gibbs of 1881?1884, the consequent theoretical investigations by Ferraris, and the improvements developed at Ganz & Co. (Budapest, Hungary)

Faraday’s ‘lines of force’

Faraday was perhaps the ideal candidate for introducing a new world-view. He was a great experimentalist, but he was also strongly inclined towards what he called “speculation.” His experiments were

A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field

T F Torrence (ed) 1982 Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press xiii + 103 pp price £7.50 In 1865 James Clerk Maxwell published in the Philosophical Transactions a long paper entitled 'A dynamical theory

The Beginning of Electric Energy Transmission: Part One [Historical]

  • M. Guarnieri
  • Engineering
    IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
  • 2013
Today, the architecture of electrical networks is evolving. Distributed dc generation from photovoltaic systems and small wind turbines, the possibilities offered by dc energy storage, the spread of