By Karl L. Wildes
Electrical engineering is a protean occupation. at the present time the sector embraces many disciplines that appear some distance faraway from its roots within the telegraph, phone, electrical lamps, automobiles, and turbines. To a awesome quantity, this chronicle of switch and development at a unmarried establishment is a tablet background of the self-discipline and occupation of electric engineering because it built around the world. even if MIT used to be now not major the way in which, the dep. used to be frequently fast to evolve to altering wishes, pursuits, curricula, and examine courses. What has remained consistent all through is the dynamic interplay of educating and examine, flexibility of management, the interconnections with commercial development and nationwide priorities.
The book's textual content and lots of pictures introduce readers to the well known lecturers 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 booklet covers the department's significant components of job -- electrical energy structures, servomechanisms, circuit concept, communications concept, radar and microwaves (developed first on the famed Radiation Laboratory in the course of global battle II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This wealthy background of accomplishments exhibits additionally that years earlier than "Computer technology" was once extra to the department's identify such pioneering ends up in computation and regulate as Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer, early cybernetic units and numerically managed servomechanisms, the Whirlwind computing device, and the evolution of time-sharing computation had already been achieved.
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Growth of the Department, 1902-1952 T h e other lo n g term d e p a rt m e n t h e ad in the first half c e n t u ry , H a rold L . Haze n (1938-1952). s e rv ed in a tumultuous p e riod wh e n e lectr ic a l engi nee ring be c ame d e e p l y involved in n a tio n a l defens e , war re s e arch and d eve lopm ent, and the post-Wo rld W a r II reconstruction pe r io d His t e n u re saw th e culmination of a gre a t pe r i od of el ectric power eng in e e ri n g ; it also saw sch i s m s in the field , and new dir ectio n s for re s e a rch .
C ro s s a n d De rr re m a i n e d in t h e Phys ics De p a rtm ent, b u t continued to g ive the new EE D e p a rt m e nt h e a d their con sultation a n d to g ive i n st ruction i n tele phony , tele g ra phy, a n d dyn a mo d e s i g n . I n t h e fall term , 1 902, Cours e VI h a d 38 se n io rs , 37 ju n iors , and 43 sophomore s . A few st u d ents, mostly special stud e n t s , were e n rolled i n g ra d u a te s t u d ie s . With its n e w l e a d er, pl enty of eager stud e nts , and commodi o u s q u arters , the d e p a rt m e n t seemed off to a good start .
He was stro n g ly favored a n d s u p port e d by the E E staff . Among these were Associate Professor Puffer, who had become a special ist in dynamo-electriC machinery and l aboratory testi n g , a n d Assistant Profes sor Laws Copyrigh ted Material 36 Growth of rhe Deparrment 1902- 1952 Louis Duncan. This early photo of the dynamo In the Lowell Building Electrical Engineering Labora tory shows that the new de partment was off to a vigorous start In terms of Its research capabilities. room Copyrighted Material 3 7 Growth o f the Department, 7902- 7952 ( known in l a t e r yea rs a s "Pop Laws") , who h a d cre ated a l aboratory for electrical mea s u re m e nts, stand a rdizing, and te stin g .
A century of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, 1882-1982 by Karl L. Wildes