I remember it being claimed in the 1940s that the 'Miller Integrator' had in fact been invented by Blumlein, some papers referring to the circuit as a 'Blumlein Integrator'. Has history elucidated who is rightfully regarded as the inventor ?
I confess that I have not researched that particular bit of history, but is it possible that because the integrator made use of the "Miller effect" (discovered by Miller), Blumlein called his integrator a "Miller effect integrator" which later become shortened?
I can't think of anything Blumlein invented which he named after himself at the time. The attributions seem to have been applied by others at a later date. Herbert Holman and Henry Clark were the 'inventors' of many of Blumlein's electromechanical devices; but it wasn't until Blumlein's superior theoretical knowledge was brought to bear on them that they achieved their full performance and were put into practical use.
I expect the answer will be found in his notebooks if someone wants to take the trouble to look through them.
~ Adrian Tuddenham ~
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The account of the crash was interesting, especially the two people who gave up their seats at the last moment and the chap who nipped off for a cup of tea and so missed the takeoff. One of them was Bernard Lovell. If he had died the Jodrell Bank telescope might not have been built.
The IEE press has published The Life and Times of A D Blumlein by Russel Burns as part of their history of technology series, and a substantial portion of the text is readable in PDF format on Google Books. This is a ridiculously overpriced book otherwise.
If anybody has access to "Wireless World" from the early 90's there was a long series on famous folk (Maxwell, Ampere, etc, etc) and there was one on Blumlein. I recall some discussion on the integrator, but not any more detail.
Who should I believe?. The Wiki or the Alexander Biog' version of events?.
(4th paragraph down)
Alexander's site comes across as a case study in rampant self publicity and egocentricity and I also cannot imagine Blumlein's wealthy parents allowing illiteracy in the family. So choice made ... I'll go with the Wiki :)
(I've a feeling 'Steiner/Waldorf' schooling has somehow seeped into the mix but we are not told)
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