Throughout history, the work of a select few has paved the way for the modern-day technological conveniences that we currently enjoy. These inventors—be they electrical engineers, physicists or all of the above—essentially discovered the science and technology that formed the basis from which modern advancements occur. They also set the stage for some more recognizable faces to develop and patent technologies that may just end up saving the world.
So, who were they? What did they do?
Luckily for you, we’ve got some answers. Here are some of the most influential electrical inventors and intellectual minds to date.
All information courtesy of Brittanica Encyclopedia and The University of Adelaide School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
1. Volta; 2. Joule; 3.Tesla; 4. Norton; 5. Musk
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Natalie Wickstrom is a freelance writer based in Athens, Georgia.