Dictionary of Electrical Engineering

Commonly used terms in the Electrical industry.

is best known for discovering the laws that govern electric flow in networks, known now as Kirchhoff's laws. Kirchhoff is also famous as the inventor of spectroscopy, and his theoretical work led to the quantum theory of matter. Kirchhoff first held a teaching post in Berlin, followed by appointments in Breslau and Heidelberg. In the latter
two universities, Kirchhoff had very fruitful collaborations with Robert Bunsen. Kirchhoff's studies in electricity provided a foundation for Maxwell and Lorenz's description of electromagnetic theory.