Gisbert Kapp

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Gisbert Johann Eduard Kapp (September 2, 1852, Mauer, Vienna – August 10, 1922, Birmingham) was an Austrian-English electrical engineer.

After finishing his studies in Austria, Kapp moved to England where he was naturalized in 1881. He was awarded a Telford Medal in 1885/6.[1] In 1904 he was offered the position as the first Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, a post he held until 1919.[2]

Kapp developed the basis for the calculation and construction of alternating current, dynamos and the transformer. The Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering Department at the University of Birmingham is situated in a building named after him.


  1. ^ James Forrest (editor), (1886), Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers, p. 177;
  2. ^ Day, Lance; Ian McNeil (1996). Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology. Taylor & Francis. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-415-06042-4.