July 1967 Popular Electronics
Table of Contents
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Test your knowledge of the country of origin of the inventors responsible for these ten inventions. In some cases the inventor was born in another country but then emigrated to the U.S. or another country before his/her invention or discovery. This is a pretty tough quiz even for someone who has done a lot of reading on the history of technology. Guessing the country of origin for the inventor of the voltaic pile might be easier if you recall the guy's name (hint: his name is in the caption), and for the TV antenna take note of the configuration of the elements (hint: there was nobody named Log Periodic). I'm too embarrassed to divulge my score, but if you do better 50% or better, you've beaten me.
International Electronics Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Recent technological advances in the field of electronics tend to overshadow contributions by earlier scientists from many parts of the world. For example, few students remember that the first known magnetic device - the compass - is a contribution from China, or that the theoretical groundwork in the field of atomic physics which eventually led to the splitting of the atom by the United States, was actually laid by Albert Einstein, the German-born physicist, while doing research work in Switzerland. To test your biographical knowledge of some earlier scientists and their inventions, see how many of the common electrical devices (A-J) illustrated below you can associate with the country of origin (1-10) of their inventors.
1 Belgium ___
2 Denmark ___
3 England ___
4 France ___
5 Germany ___
6 Holland ___
7 Italy ___
8 Japan ___
9 Russia ___
10 U.S.A. ___
See answers below.
Popular Electronics published many quizzes over the years
- some really simple and others not so simple. Robert Balin created many of the quizzes.
This is a listing of all I have posted thus far.
- A Baffling Quiz
- January 1968
- Electronics IQ Quiz
- May 1967
- Plug and Jack Quiz
- December 1967
Switching Quiz - October 1967
Angle Quiz - September 1967
Electronics Quiz - July 1967
- Bridge Circuit
Quiz -December 1966
- Diode Function
Quiz - August 1965
- Diagram Quiz, August
- TV Trouble Quiz,
- Electronics History Quiz,
- Scope-Trace Quiz,
Circuit Analogy Quiz, April 1973
Your Knowledge of Semiconductors, August 1972
- Ganged Switching
Quiz, April 1972
- Lamp Brightness
Quiz, January 1969
- Lissajous Pattern Quiz, September 1963
Quizoo, October 1962
- Electronic Photo Album Quiz, March 1963
- Electronic Alphabet Quiz, May 1963
- Quiz: Resistive?
Inductive? or Capacitive?, October 1960
- Vector-Circuit Matching Quiz, June 1970
Quiz, September 1961
- RC Circuit
Quiz, June 1963
- Diode Quiz,
- Electronic Curves Quiz, February 1963
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, December 1962
- Energy Conversion Quiz, April 1963
Function Quiz, June 1962
Quiz - February 1967
- Unknown Frequency
Quiz - September 1965
Metals Quiz - October 1964
Measurement Quiz - August 1967
- Meter-Reading Quiz,
Geometry Quiz, January 1965
Factor Quiz, November 1966
Math Quiz, November 1965
- Series Circuit Quiz,
Quiz, March 1966
- Electronic Analogy
Quiz, November 1961
Coupling Quiz, August 1973
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, August 1960
- Audio Quiz,
Unit Quiz, May 1962
Capacitor Circuit Quiz, June 1968
- Quiz on AC Circuit Theory, December 1970
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, February 1962
- Electronics Geography Quiz, April 1970
Electronic Menu Quiz, August 1963
- Electronic Noise Quiz, August 1962
- Electronic Current Quiz, October 1963
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, November 1963
Function Quiz, January 1962
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, January 1963
Tube Quiz, February 1961
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, June
- Find the
Brightest Bulb Quiz, April 1960
1 - F The first practical industrial dynamo was built by Zenobe Theophile Gramme of Belgium in 1876.
2 - J The wire recorder was invented by Valdemar Poulsen of Denmark in 1898.
3 - B The principle of the transformer was discovered by Michael Faraday of England in 1831.
4 - I The piezoelectric effect in crystals was discovered by Pierre and Jacques Curie of France in 1880.
5 - D The X-ray tube was invented by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen of Germany in 1895.
6 - G The Leyden jar, forerunner of the modern capacitor, was discovered by Pieter Van Musschenbroek of Holland in 1746.
7 - A The so-called voltaic pile, the earliest battery known, was invented by Count Allesandro Volta of Italy in 1800.
8 - H The "Yagi" antenna was invented by Hidetsu Yagi of Japan in the early 1900's.
9 - C The first electronic television device was actually developed by Boris Lvovitch of Russia in 1907.
10 - E The radio telescope was invented by Karl Janski of the United States in 1933.
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