Say it with me everybody…Happy Birthday, Jim! That’s for two guys I work with daily – James Watt and our very own Jim Hutchison! Okay, I don’t physically work with Mr. Watt, but you get what I mean, right?
Jim has written an article previously about James Watt. You should certainly (re)read it since all of us should understand the background of which our entire industry measures power. Check out the Wikipedia article on the unit of watt if you need a refresher.
Here are a few events that occurred on this day:
1736 — James Watt, Scottish inventor, was born.
1883 — The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1915 – George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs.
Thanks to Wikipedia and the rest of the non-censored interwebs for keeping documentation on our history available!