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ERIC Number: ED055177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Pages: 97
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The Role of the Independent Inventor in the Early Development of Electrical Technology.
Miller, David Hendrick
This account of invention and innovation in electrical technology places particular emphasis upon the contributions of Nathan B. Stubblefield, an independent electrical scientist. An overview of inventions in electrical communication as they influenced Stubblefield sets his work in perspective. The elements of invention that were identified in developing the rationale for this study include: (1) Creativity in invention, (2) Invention as synthesis, (3) The role of need in invention, and (4) The role of experience in invention. Major findings were that his inventions included a "vibrating telephone," a dial-operated "bell telegraph," an "electric bell" telephone, and an "electrical battery." In 1902 he demonstrated a wireless communication system which operated on the principle of conduction, then in 1907 he abandoned this in favor of the principle of induction. Stubblefield's greatest contribution to electrical technology was probably his insight relative to subsequent developments. (Author/GEB)
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