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Electrical Engineering deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism in all of their forms. Whenever you go to flip a light switch in your house or even check the time on your smart phone, it took a series of electrical engineers to make that happen. The everyday things that we take for granted – like being able to turn on a light when it’s dark – are actually the result of hundreds of year’s worth of work by dedicated engineers. In the grand scheme of academic study, electrical engineering is fairly new. But in its short life, it has become an absolutely essential field in providing us the everyday comforts we enjoy. Keep reading to learn more about the history of electrical engineering and why it is so important to our society that dedicated students continue to study and excel in this challenging and diverse field.

Why Does The World Need Electrical Engineering? Why Study It?

English physician, physicist, and philosopher William Gilbert is credited with introducing the term “electricity.” Although he did not spark the scientific interest in electricity that already existed, he could be called the first electrical engineer. Following in his footsteps in the 19th and early 20th centuries were such luminaries as Michael Faraday, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison. As technology progressed and electricity became much more widespread – from the electric telegraph to the light bulb – so did the demand for people who studied and could work in this new field.