Ernst F. W. Alexanderson Quotes

The patent system was established, I believe, to protect the lone inventor. In this it has not succeeded. … The patent system protects the institutions which favor invention.

 
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He worked for General Electric for over 40 years and held 322 patents. However, it was the corporation that financially benefitted from the monopolies granted by the patents. Our legal system assumes that the creative output of an individual who is an employee is the property of the employer just as the output of the slave was the property of the master.

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  • Born: January 25, 1878
  • Died: May 14, 1975
  • Nationality: Swedish
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Ernst Frederick Werner Alexanderson was a Swedish-American electrical engineer, who was a pioneer in radio and television development. He invented the Alexanderson alternator, an early radio transmitter used between 1906 and the 1930s for longwave long distance radio transmission. Alexanderson also created the amplidyne, a direct current amplifier used during the Second World War for controlling anti-aircraft guns.

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