Mathematician, engineer and inventor Charles Proteus Steinmetz was responsible during the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century for solving a. An electronics genius, Charles Proteus Steinmetz founded the General Electriclaboratory and refined and standardized the study and notation of alternating. Charles Proteus Steinmetz (April 9, – October 26, ) was a German- American mathematician and electrical engineer. He proposed the development of.

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Photos Submit to Our Contest. Comment on this Story. Theory and Calculation of Electric Apparatus. Steinmetz, however, having been given the task of calculating and designing an alternating-current commutator motor and wishing to calculate the hysteresis loss, derived the law of hysteresis mathematically from existing data.

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Faced with an expiring visa, he emigrated to the United States in Steinmetz, a genius in his understanding of electromagnetic phenomena, was brought in as a consultant — not a very common occurrence in those days, as it would be now. All types of Electric Motors. Placed under police surveillance inhe eventually fled to Zurich, shortly before completing the Ph. Here he applied himself earnestly not only to the electrical problems given him but also in characteristic fashion, to the problems of Americanizing himself.

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Retrieved 21 December Throughout these years Steinmetz maintained his interest in public service and refused to allow his experiments, scientific writing, and teaching responsibilities at Union University to prevent him from discharging his duties as a citizen. Wikiquote has quotations related charlles This accomplishment was largely responsible for the rapid progress made in the commercial introduction of alternating-current apparatus.

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In Steinmetz gave two papers before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers on his new law concerning hysteresis loss. Shortly after arriving in the United States, Steinmetz went to work for Rudolf Eickemeyer in Yonkers, New Yorkand published in the field of magnetic hysteresis, which gave him worldwide steunmetz recognition.

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Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic: New Brunswick, NJ Steinmetz’s fame in his day was due to the General Electric marketing machine and not due to Steinmetz’s personal insecurities. Steinmetz Americanized his name to Charles Steinmetz.

In his later years Steinmetz also engaged in public affairs to a considerable degree, serving as president of the Board of Education of Schenectady, N. As ghost editor of the Breslau Socialist newspaper, People’s Voice, Steinmetz attracted the attention of the police.

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At birth Steinmetz was afflicted with a physical deformityhunchback, and as a steinmetzz he showed an unusual capability in mathematicsphysicsporteus classical literature. Leonard, Jonathan Norton Steinmetz publishedhis theories in articles and textbooks, including educational books to teachthe mathematics required to understand his ideas.


Physically small and crippled from birth, like his father and grandfather, Steinmetz had several unusual hobbies and personal idiosyncrasies, about which many legends accumulated. Steinmetz loved automobiles, especially electric and steam powered vehicles. This was his last major project at the General Electric Company, where he had become head of the engineering consulting department.

He preferred not to be tied too closely to the ongoing work of the research laboratory but continued to work on practical as well as theoretical problems: XII th General Meeting: GE was then pioneering in the establishment of industrial research in the United States. By the turn of the twentieth century, Steinmetz had started construction on a large house on Wendell Avenue, in the area where GE executives lived. Despite his earlier efforts and interest in socialism, by Steinmetz concluded that socialism would never work in the United States, because the country lacked a “powerful, centralized government of competent men, remaining continuously in office”, and because “only a small percentage of Americans accept this viewpoint today”.

At GE Schenectady Above: Steinmetz continued his passion and firm believe in socialism as hcarles solution to the world’s problems.