Charles Steinmetz

Charles Steinmetz

By: Alta Halverson Seymour Complete Authored Works
Published by: Follett Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1966
Series: The Library of American Heroes

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Every time you turn on a light or plug in a television set or start an electric motor of any kind, you are benefiting from the work of Charles Proteus Steinmetz, who, because of a birth defect, never grew to be five feet tall.  Though small in size, this man came to be called the "little giant" because of his brilliant mind and the mighty work he did to make our modern electrical world possible.

Born in Germany in 1865, Steinmetz was educated at Breslau, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland, where he specialized in electrical engineering, mathematics, and chemistry.

In 1889 he immigrated to the United States and later joined the General Electric Company as consulting engineer.

Steinmetz formulated many theories of electrical science.  A number of these were so revolutionary and complex that even the most distinguished scientists could not understand them.  He soon turned to teaching and the writing of textbooks so that his theories could be understood and used.

The story of Steinmetz is the story of a truly amazing man—a man who was a mathematical genius, student of theory, teacher, inventor, and the electrical wizard who "tamed lightning."

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