A century of electrical engineering and computer science at by Karl L. Wildes

By Karl L. Wildes

Electrical engineering is a protean occupation. at the present time the sector embraces many disciplines that appear a ways faraway from its roots within the telegraph, mobilephone, electrical lamps, cars, and turbines. To a amazing quantity, this chronicle of switch and progress at a unmarried establishment is a pill historical past of the self-discipline and career of electric engineering because it constructed around the world. even if MIT used to be now not major the way in which, the dept used to be frequently quickly to evolve to altering wishes, targets, curricula, and study courses. What has remained consistent all through is the dynamic interplay of training and learn, flexibility of management, the interconnections with business development and nationwide priorities.

The book's textual content and plenty of images introduce readers to the popular academics and researchers who're nonetheless popular in engineering circles, between them: Vannevar Bush, Harold Hazen, Edward Bowles, Gordon Brown, Harold Edgerton, Ernst Guillemin, Arthur von Hippel, and Jay Forrester.

The publication covers the department's significant parts of job -- electrical energy structures, servomechanisms, circuit conception, communications conception, radar and microwaves (developed first on the famed Radiation Laboratory in the course of international battle II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This wealthy historical past of accomplishments exhibits in addition that years prior to "Computer technology" used to be extra to the department's identify such pioneering leads to computation and keep watch over as Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer, early cybernetic units and numerically managed servomechanisms, the Whirlwind laptop, and the evolution of time-sharing computation had already been achieved.

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D u r ing his te n u re all s c i e n c e a n d engineeri n g we n t th ro u g h profo u n d c han g e s . It wo u ld t a k e years t o sort i t a l l out. b ut eve ryo n e reco g n iz ed that electrica l e n g i n ee ri n g could neve r b e the s a m e ag ain. By the ti m e H a z e n re tir ed fi nishin g his term in 1952, the field of electrical en g i­ neeri n g h ad expa n d e d a n d diversifie d to s uch an ex­ te nt that it was be co m i n g evident that som e n ew synthe s i s of e n g in e e r i n g e d u cation wou l d be needed .

Copyrigh ted Material 41 Growth of the Department, 1902-1952 Harry E. Clifford (1904-1907) Upon the re s i g n ation of Du nca n i n the fa l l of 1 904, Ha rry E . Clifford w a s placed in active ch a rg e of the de p a rtm ent . The p romotion of R a lph R . Lawrence to an assista n t professorship a n d an i ncre a s e in g ra d u ­ ate assistants fro m o n e to fo u r constituted the cha n g e in the teaching staff. P uffe r, who h a d devel­ oped the l abo ratory i n struction i n dynamo-electric m a­ chi nery a n d who in 1 901 h a d viSite d the l aborato ries of E u ropean tech nical schools in p repa ration for his re­ sponsibiliti es in pla n n i n g the Au g u stus Lowell Labora­ tories, was still in cha rg e of this work; he also offered a gra d u ate cours e i n pow e r station d e sign .

Another important member of the early electrical group was William L. " How Did Electrical Engineering Get to Be Course VI? In MIT's realignment of courses in 1873-74, ten courses were listed I. Civil and Topographical Engineering II. Mechanical Engineering Ill. Geology and Mining Engineering IV. Building and Architecture V. Chemistry VI. Metallurgy VII. Natural History VIII. Physics IX. Science and Literature X. Philosophy Up to 187 3, Course VI had been SCience and Literature. In 1884 Metallurgy was combined wrth Mining to form Course Ill, Mining and Metallurgy, and Electrical Engineering became Course VI, still administered by Cross and within the Physics Department.

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