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Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry

Frederick Dalzell


Over the course of a little less than twenty years, inventor Frank J. Sprague (1857–1934) achieved an astonishing series of technological breakthroughs—from pioneering work in self-governing motors to developing the first full-scale operational electric railway system—all while commercializing his inventions and promoting them (and himself as their inventor) to financial backers and the public. This book tells his story, setting it against the backdrop of one of the most dynamic periods in the history of technology. In a burst of innovation during these years, Sprague and his contemporaries—Th ... More

Keywords: Frank J. Sprague, self-governing motors, electric railway, inventions, history of technology, Thomas Edison, Nicolas Tesla, Elmer Sperry, George Westinghouse, electric elevators

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262042567
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick Dalzell, author