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Reginald Aubrey Fessenden

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Professor Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, Canadian wireless pioneer and inventor

1866: Born 6th October 1866, in East-Bolton, Quebec, Canada[1]

Educated at New York and Port Hope, Ontario.

Inspecting engineer to the Edison Company, New York.

1892: Took up teaching work and conducted classes in physics and electrical engineering at Western University, Philadelphia.

1893: Professor of Electrical Engineering at Western University, Philadelphia.

1900: Special Agent to the U.S. Weather Bureau.

1906: Received wireless telegraph signals in Scotland from Massachussetts with the expenditure of less than 1kW of electrical energy.[2]

1906: Christmas Day: broadcast the first radio programme, including his own violin performance of "Oh Holy Night", from Massachussetts; a few people heard it along the US Atlantic coast.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

The Year Book of Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony, 1925

  1. Reginald Fessenden on Wikipedia.
  2. The Times, Aug 23, 1913
  3. The Times, December 29, 2006