Arthur Edwin Kennelly

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Arthur Edwin Kennelly (December 17, 1861 - June 18, 1939), was an American engineer in electricity.

Kennelly was born in Colaba, close to Bombay, India and was educated at University College School in London. He was the son of an Irish naval officer. In 1893, during his research in electrical engineering, he presented a paper on "Impedance" to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. He researched the use of complex numbers as applied to Ohm's Law in alternating current circuit theory. In 1902, he investigated the ionosphere's radio spectrum's electrical properties.

Kennelly was the recipient of the awards of many nations, including the IEE Institution Premium (1887), the Franklin Institute Howard Potts Gold Medal (1917), the Cross of a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur of France and the AIEE, now IEEE, Edison Medal (1933) "For meritorious achievements in electrical science, electrical engineering and the electrical arts as exemplified by his contributions to the theory of electrical transmission and to the development of international electrical standards." He was awarded the IRE Medal of Honor in 1932, "For his studies of radio propagation phenomena and his contributions to the theory and measurement methods in the alternating current circuit field which now have extensive radio application." He was an active participant in professional organizations such as the Society for the Promotion of the Metric System of Weights and Measures, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission, and also served as the president of both the AIEE and the Institute of Radio Engineers, IRE, during 1898-1900 and 1916, respectively. Kennelly died in Boston, Massachusetts on 18 June 1939.

External links

  • IEEE Legacies: [1]
  • Arthur E. Kennelly, IEEE History Center.
  • Katz, Eugenii, Arthur Edwin Kennelly. Biographies of Famous Electrochemists and Physicists Contributed to Understanding of Electricity, Biosensors & Bioelectronics.

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