John Fleming

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
John Fleming

Name: John Ambrose Fleming

Born: November 29, 1849, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Death: April 18, 1945 (Age: 95)

Computer-related contributions

  • English electrical engineer and physicist known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube, the diode, then called the kenotron in 1904.
  • He is also famous for the left hand rule (for electric motors).

Significant publications

  • Electric Lamps and Electric Lighting: A course of four lectures on electric illumination delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1894).
  • The Alternate Current Transformer in Theory and Practice "The Electrician" Printing and Publishing Company (1896).

Honors and awards

  • Hughes Medal (1910).
  • Albert Medal (1921).
  • Faraday Medal (1928).
  • Duddell Medal (1930).
  • IRE Medal of Honor(1933).
  • Franklin Medal (1935).
  • Fellow of the Royal Society.