William Sturgeon

British inventor

William Sturgeon (May 22, 1783December 4, 1850) was an English physicist and inventor who made the first electromagnets, and invented the first English practical electric motor.

William Sturgeon


  • For the mere purpose of entertainment and the excitement of wonder, a display of brilliant electric experiments, even when performed in the most promiscuous and confused order, never fail to afford ample gratification to the curiosity. The studious observer, however, whose business is to inquire into the true beauties of the science, requires the most judicious arrangement of the phenomena that can possibly be devised, in order to facilitate his acquaintance with them, and with the laws by which they are displayed and associated with each other.

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