History of Telegraphy

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Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2001 - Science - 413 pages
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This book records the growth of telegraphy over two centuries, depicting the discoveries and ingenuity of the experimenters and engineers involved, the equipment they designed and built, and the organization, applications and effects on society. The two main phases - cable-based techniques that began in the early 19th century and then wireless transmission in the 20th century - parallel the changes in voice and information communications seen recently. Modern methods of data compaction, coding and encryption in today's communications all have their routes in the techniques of the telegraph pioneers.

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Dr Ken Beauchamp (1923-1999) obtained his CGIA in Telecommunications in 1952 and his PhD in Signal Processing in 1973. Following several research positions in electronics at GEC, AEI, Cranfield and the AWRE, he became Director of Computing at the University of Lancaster in 1974. After his retirement in 1985, Dr Beauchamp began to write extensively as well as acting as a visiting Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications at Singapore University. Among his published books is Exhibiting Electricity (IEE, 1997). Dr Beauchamp was a fellow of the IEE.