John Plumb


John Plumb is a retired electrical engineeer, who earned his B.S. degree at Iowa State University. After serving in the Air force he was employed by the Minneapolis-Honeywell Aeronautical Division. He did graduate work in solid-state electronics, earning advanced degrees at the University of Minnesota and New York University, and joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut. After a brief employment at Transitron Electronics in MOSFET IC design, he was employed by Sylvania Lighting Products and worked on electroluminesent thin-film display and high-pressure sodium lamp products, on which he has published a number of papers and holds a number of patents.

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What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to read about the history of my particular field of research and work done by other engineers on related products and problems.
What is your writing process?
I read what is readily available to me on the subject, summarize what I read in a database on my computer, and just start writing.
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The Taming of the Electron: A Story of Electric Charge and Discharge for Lighting and Electronics
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,440. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Electrical, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Physics / Electricity
Benjamin Franklin recognized the attraction between objects given excess charge and objects made deficient in charge. Particle physicists attribute force of attraction to photons having particle and wave properties as do electrons. This force can produce damaging electric breakdown over a scale ranging from the atmosphere to electronic circuits and can produce light for illumination or display.

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