Charles P. Steinmetz Memorial Lecture

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Steinmetz circa 1915

The Charles Proteus Steinmetz Memorial Lecture is a series of academic lectures initiated in 1925[1] in honor of celebrated mathematician and electrical engineer Charles Proteus Steinmetz. To date seventy four addresses have been given on subjects ranging from peace[2] and educational reform[3] to nanotechnology[4] and solar photovoltaics.[5]

The most recent, "The Evolution of the Smart Grid from Edison and Steinmetz", was delivered by Dr. Anjan Bose, Regents Professor at Washington State University, on October 2, 2018.[6] It was hosted by Union College and is open to the general public.


Group being given a tour of the Marconi Wireless Station in Somerset, New Jersey, in 1921, Steinmetz (center), Albert Einstein (to his right)

Shortly after Steinmetz's death at 58 in 1923, his friends and admirers, including prominent figures at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, endowed the series. It is overseen by the Schenectady Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers[7] and hosted by Union College, where Steinmetz long held a professorship. Among those receiving the honor of delivering the lecture have been such notables as Nobel laureate experimental physicist Robert A. Millikan (1927), helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky (1938), nuclear submarine pioneer Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (1963), Nobel-winning semiconductor inventor William Shockley (1966), and Internet 'founding father' Leonard Kleinrock (2010).[8]


Union College, host of the lecture series

The featured lecturers of the Steinmetz series have included:[8][9]

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  1. ^ "Steinmetz Memorial Lecture". Archived from the original on 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  2. ^ Cooperation Versus War, Comfort A. Adams, IEEE Institute Activities, April 1942
  3. ^ "The Great Reappraisal of Public Education", H. L. Caswell of Columbia university gives 24th Steinmetz Memorial Lecture, IEEE News, May 24, 1952
  4. ^ ""The Promise of Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications," Mildred Dresselhaus (2012), Union College News Stories, May 2012". Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  5. ^ "Solar Photovoltaics Technology: The Beginning of the Revolution", Lawrence A. Kazmerski (2009), Union College News Archives, April 2009
  6. ^ The Steinmetz Memorial Lecture for 2018
  7. ^ IEEE Schenectady Section History
  8. ^ a b Dr. Charles Proteus Steinmetz Memorial Lecture Series
  9. ^ "Steinmetz Memorial Lecture". Union College. Retrieved November 4, 2018.