The Electrician

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The Electrician, published in London from 1861 to 1952, was the earliest and foremost electrical engineering periodical and scientific journal. Originally established in 1861, it was discontinued after about three years until 1878 when it was revived and thereafter published weekly; the initial volumes of The Electrician published in the early 1860s advertised themselves as being "a weekly journal of Telegraphy, Electricity, and Applied Chemistry" and were published by Thomas Piper.[1] After being relaunched in the late 1870s, the periodical changed focus and publishers, being published by James Gray on behalf of the proprietors and advertising itself as "a weekly illustrated journal of electrical engineering, industry and science" and also featured more theoretical aspects of electrical engineering such as electromagnetism;[2] this method of publication also allowed for other types of publications and sometime in the late nineteenth century, The Electrician Printing and Publication Company Limited was established and began publishing shorter electrical engineering texts including well-known early electrical engineering titles such as Oliver Heaviside's Electromagnetic theory (1893-1912), Oliver Lodge's The work of Hertz and some of his successors (1894), and many others. Some of these publications were based on papers presented elsewhere and published in full in the Electrician. After its second reincarnation, The Electrician quickly established itself in the field of electrical engineering and was regularly quoted and cited in Nature and elsewhere.[3][4][5]

Between 1889 and 1895 an American edition of The Electrician was published in New York by Williams & Co. Referred to as the American Electrician, it was merged into another electrical engineering periodical, Electrical World.[6]


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  2. ^ "The electrician. 1878-1952". Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  3. ^ De Chaumont, F. (1878). "On the Anatomy of the Organ of Hearing in Relation to the Discovery of the Principle of the Microphone of Prof. D. E. Hughes, and the magnophone of Mr. W. L. Scott, A.S.T.E". Nature. 18 (454): 285–286. Bibcode:1878Natur..18..285D. doi:10.1038/018285b0.
  4. ^ "Notes". Nature. 19 (485): 349–352. 1879. Bibcode:1879Natur..19..349.. doi:10.1038/019349a0.
  5. ^ "A simple electric pen" (PDF). Scientific American. 40 (8): 121–122. 1879. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican02221879-121a.
  6. ^ "Electrical world [electronic resource]". Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Retrieved 2012-08-19.