Born March 29 1853 – March 13 1937
Patent No. 258,684
Possessing the ability to translate theory into practice, Elihu Thomson was
an integral contributor to the development of electricity as a power and
light source during the turn of the 20th century.
One of Thomson's earliest inventions was the three-coil arc dynamo,
which was the basis of the successful electric lighting system produced by
the Thomson-Houston Electric Company. The success of his arc lighting
installation led to the large-scale manufacturing of arc-lighting equipment,
which included dynamos, arc lights, and minor accessories. Thomson continued
to perfect his arc-lighting system, making the dynamo more compact,
efficient and of larger capacity.
In 1892 the company merged with the Edison General Electric Company to
become the General Electric Company. In the early
years of the new company, Thomson was elected chief engineer, producing many
of the fundamental inventions which brought
General Electric success.
Born in Manchester, England, Thomson moved to the United States and was
educated through high school in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. One of the most prolific inventors in history, Thomson earned