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List of notable or famous electrical engineers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top electrical engineers born in the United States and even some popular electrical engineers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American electrical engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These electrical engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known electrical engineer from the United States is included when available.

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before immigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison in New York City. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla for a short time as a consultant. His work in the formative years of electric power ...more

Age: Died at 87 (1856-1943)

Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia

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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
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Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite." In 1906 de Forest invented the Audion, the first triode vacuum tube and the first electrical device which could amplify a weak electrical signal and make it stronger. The Audion, and vacuum tubes developed from it, founded the field of electronics and dominated it for forty years, making radio broadcasting, television, and long-distance telephone service possible, among many other applications. For this reason de Forest has been called one of the fathers of the "electronic age". ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1873-1961)

Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States of America

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George Westinghouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
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George Westinghouse, Jr. was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry, gaining his first patent at the age of 22. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for much of his career, Westinghouse was one of Thomas Edison's main rivals in the early implementation of the American electricity system. Westinghouse's electricity distribution system, based on alternating current, ultimately prevailed over Edison's insistence on direct current. In 1911 Westinghouse received the AIEE's Edison Medal "For meritorious achievement in connection with the development of the alternating current system." ...more

Age: Died at 68 (1846-1914)

Birthplace: Schoharie, New York, United States of America

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Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
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Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D., LL.D., also known as Michael I. Pupin, was a Serbian American physicist and physical chemist. Pupin is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of greatly extending the range of long-distance telephone communication by placing loading coils at predetermined intervals along the transmitting wire. Pupin was a founding member of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics on March 3, 1915, which later became NASA. ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1858-1935)

Birthplace: Idvor, Serbia

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