Excerpt from Benjamin Garver Lamme, Electrical Engineer: An Autobiography
To appreciate the kind and quality of his work, the reader must have in mind the conditions in the electrical industry when he entered it and the remarkable develop ments which followed rapidly. To thes... e he contributed an outstanding part.
During the 8o's, while he was in school and college, electric lighting and railways had their commercial be ginning. The particular problems of those years were to design and make dynamos and motors which were larger and more dependable and to transmit electric current to greater distances and make it more generally useful.
In 1890 electric service was practically limited to local lighting and the operating of small electric railways. Few dynamos exceeded one or two hundred horse power, and different types were necessary to furnish current for are lamps, for incandescent lamps (some direct current, some alternating current) and for street cars. Dynamos and motors were of many types and forms, the product of many inventors, mainly by cut - and-try methods.
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