James Blyth biography

James Blyth

Electrical engineer, Deceased Person

1839 – 1906

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Who was James Blyth?

Professor James Blyth MA, LLD, FRSE, was a Scottish electrical engineer and academic at Anderson's College, now the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. He was a pioneer in the field of electricity generation through wind power and his wind turbine, which was used to light his holiday home in Marykirk, was the world's first-known structure by which electricity was generated from wind power. Blyth patented his design and later developed an improved model which served as an emergency power source at Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary for the next 30 years. Although Blyth received recognition for his contributions to science, electricity generation by wind power was considered uneconomical and no more wind turbines were built in the United Kingdom until 1951, some 64 years after Blyth built his first prototype.

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Born
Apr 4, 1839
Marykirk
Nationality
  • Scotland
Profession
Education
  • University of Edinburgh
Employment
  • University of Strathclyde
Died
May 15, 1906
Glasgow

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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