[Table of Contents]People old and young enjoy waxing
nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October
1954 through April 1985. As time permits, I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights (if any) are hereby
Most of these matches
of the devices and its inventor are pretty easy for people who have been around electronics for any length of time
(well, not if the length of time is a day or two), but a couple just might stump you. This Electronics Inventors Quiz appeared in a 1963
edition of Popular Electronics, so you won't be challenged with knowing the inventors of the LCD or MEMS devices,
but neither will you have to know who came up with the abacus or the Archimedes screw
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Electronics Inventors Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Electronic Inventors Quiz
Inventors Quiz Answers
|1) Bardeen, Brattain, Shockley
|| 6) Lissajous
|2) De Forest
|| 7) Roentgen
|| 8) Weston
|| 9) Wheatstone
1 - F John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain,
and William B. Shockley invented the point-contact transistor in 1948.
2 - J Lee De Forest
invented the grid Audion, the first practical three-element amplifier tube, in 1906.
3 - E
Thomas A. Edison invented the cylinder phonograph, the forerunner of the modern record player,
4 - I Michael Faraday discovered the principle of the electric motor in 1821,
and of the transformer in 1831.
5 - H Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1750.
6 - G Jules A. Lissajous first observed the combination of two waveforms now called "Lissajous
in 1857. The effect is often
seen when using the modern oscilloscope.
7 - B Wilhelm K. Roentgen first observed the effects
of "Roentgen rays," or X rays, in 1895.
8 - C Edward Weston invented the Weston cadmium cell
in 1893. It is still in worldwide use as a standard
of electromotive force or voltage.
9 - A Sir Charles Wheatstone first demonstrated the bridge
circuit that now bears his name in 1843. It
was originally devised by Samuel H. Christi in 1833.
10 - D Hidetsugu Yagi developed his directional
parasitic element antenna in Japan in the early 1920·s Posted