Day in Engineering History Archive February 10

February 10

Walter H. Brattain's Birthday - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1863: The fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane. 1865: Heinrich Lenz, Russian physicist who framed Lenz's Law to describe the direction of flow of electric current generated by a wire moving through a magnetic field, died. 1868: Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster, who developed Brewster's Law, which relates the refractive index of a material to its polarizing angle, died. 1879: The electric arc light was used for the first time. 1883: Edith Clarke, the first woman to earn a degree in electrical engineering at MIT, was born. 1902: Nobel Prize winner Walter Brattain, co-inventor of the transistor, was born. 1923: Wilhelm Röntgen, discoverer of x-rays, died. 1933: The singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegraph Company of New York City. 1961: The Niagara Falls hydroelectric project began producing power amid a public ceremony. 1996: IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer defeated Garry Kasparov for the first time.

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