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Kline, Ronald R.

Works: 9 works in 26 publications in 1 language and 1,040 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Catalogs  Sources  Bibliography 
Classifications: T14.5, 303.4830973091734
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Most widely held works by Ronald R Kline
Consumers in the country : technology and social change in rural America by Ronald R Kline ( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Consumers in the Country Ronald Kline, avoiding the trap of technological determinism, explores the changing relationships among the Country Life professionals, government agencies, sales people, and others who promoted these technologies and the farm families who largely succeeded in adapting the technologies to rural culture."--BOOK JACKET
Steinmetz : engineer and socialist by Ronald R Kline ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When he died suddenly at the height of his fame in 1923, his face was as familiar to Americans as that of Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, Jack Dempsey, or Warren G. Harding. Newspapers quoted his views on religion, politics (he was a Socialist), science, and future technological wonders. All were intrigued by the Horatio Alger tale of the penniless, hunchbacked German immigrant who rose to fame as the Wizard of Science, chief engineer at General Electric, and symbol of the new breed of scientists who daily surpassed the feats of Thomas A. Edison. In Steinmetz: Engineer and Socialist Ronald R. Kline presents the intellectual biography of Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865-1923). Educated in Germany, Steinmetz came to America in 1889 and soon found work with a Yonkers electrical firm. After General Electric purchased the company in 1893, Steinmetz rose to the position of chief consulting engineer. Obtaining nearly two hundred patents, he made his most important contributions in electrical energy loss (or hysteresis), the understanding and wider use of alternating current, and high-voltage power transmission. The General Electric corporation, Kline explains, became Steinmetz's home, his identity, and a platform from which he stepped onto the wider stage of world affairs. As leader of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Socialist councilman in Schenectady, and part-time professor of political economy at Union College, Steinmetz attempted to "engineer" society in the direction of a technocratic utopia by promoting welfare capitalism, Lenin's electrification of the Soviet Union, and other schemes--all with limited success. According to Kline, the legend of Steinmetz illustrates a shift in hero worship from inventors to scientists after World War I. It also encouraged the powerful (and paradoxical) American myth that a rugged individualist could make his mark in a bureaucracy. In a life filled with contrasts--here was a prominent Socialist serving as chief engineer of a major corporation--possibly even Steinmetz, Kline argues, was not always able to separate the myth from the man
Sources in electrical history : archives and manuscript collections in U.S. repositories by Joyce E Bedi ( Book )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Charles P. Steinmetz and the development of electrical engineering science by Ronald R Kline ( Book )
8 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sources in electrical history ( Book )
in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recent titles in electrical history : a selective bibliography, 1982-1985 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The symbiotic relationship between General Electric and Union College by Ronald R Kline ( Book )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The electric power industry through the 1930's by Ronald R Kline ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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