Electrical Engineering

Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory

From Wikipedia Electrical engineering is an engineering discipline that deals with the study and application of electricity and electromagnetism. Its practitioners are called electrical engineers. Electrical engineering is a broad field that encompasses many subfields including those that deal with power, control systems, electronics and telecommunications.

Electrical Engineers typically deal with large scale systems such as power transmission and motor control while electronics engineering will deal with small scale systems such as circuit boards.

Subfields of Electrical Engineering:

  1. Power Engineering
  2. Power Electronics
  3. Control Engineering
  4. Electronics Engineering
  5. Signal Processing
  6. Telecommunications Engineering
  7. Instrumentation Engineering
  8. Computer Engineering

Famous Electrical Engineers include:

  • James Clerk Maxwell - summarized the basic laws of electricity in mathematical form and predicted that radiation of electromagnetic energy would occur in a form that later became known as radio waves
  • Georg Ohm - quantified the relationship between the electric current and potential difference in a conductor
  • Michael Faraday - discovered electromagnetic induction in 1831
  • Thomas Edison - Developed the phonograph, motion picture camera, long lasting light bulb. Held 1,093 US patents across telecommunication, electrical power, and motion pictures. Developed DC Current
  • Nikola Tesla - Developed AC current. Had many developments in the field of electromagnetism and wireless communication.
  • Guglielmo Marconi - Made the worlds first wireless radio transmission in 1896.

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