Josef Popper – oder als vor 140 Jahren eine Vision zur Realität wurde

Translated title of the contribution: Josef Popper—140th anniversary of a vision come true

Thomas Kern*

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The Austrian engineer and philosopher Josef Popper (1838–1921) was, without a doubt, ahead of his time. In 1862, he wrote down his ideas about the “Exploitation of Natural Forces” by using electric power lines as connecting media to consumption centers, which he published 20 years later at the Austrian Imperial Academy of Sciences. During the release year, all three major aspects of his vision were realized in three independent projects within one month. 140 years ago, in September 1882, the first commercial central electric power plant was put into operation in New York (USA),the first long-distance power transmission was realized from Miesbach to Munich (Germany), andthe first commercial hydroelectric power plant was put into operation in Wisconsin (USA).

Translated title of the contributionJosef Popper—140th anniversary of a vision come true
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)608-611
Number of pages4
JournalElektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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