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Divine Discontent: Charles Proteus Steinmetz

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Divine Discontent: Charles Proteus Steinmetz
Co-produced by Paul Frederick, Bruce Carlin and WMHT
Premiering on WMHT Thursday May 1st at 7:30 pm

Free Public Screenings:

Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm
Proctors GE Theater
432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

Wednesday, May 7th at 6pm
Union College
Reamer Campus Center, Auditorium
807 Union Street, Schenectady NY 12308
Hosted by WMHT President and CEO Robert Altman and Union College Professors

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Charles Proteus Steinmetz was one of the best-known figures of the early 20th Century. His work made the generation and transmission of electricity safe and possible, and today we live in a world built from the tools that he enabled. Steinmetz’s theories gave control to the electrical age. They were the key to the mystery and power of a force that few of his contemporaries understood. And while his formulas and computations were dense and complex, he reveled in life’s simple pleasures and cared deeply about the condition of his fellow man.

Steinmetz was a General Electric Pioneer who deeply impacted the world and the community of Schenectady. The documentary will bring national attention to Schenectady as it highlights the critical role the city played in the field of manufacturing and innovation in the early 20th century. The subject, Charles Proteus Steinmetz, was a man who defied his significant physical disabilities and through his achievements in mathematics, science and engineering, made critical contributions to the electrification of the world. His love of family led him to legally adopt his assistant and their family. His devotion to families permeated his work in Schenectady’s school and government system where he made many contributions to the educational environment and provided opportunities for many disadvantaged persons.

The project has been recognized by a major grant from the IEEE Foundation with additional funding from Union College. Leading authors, historians, and museums are contributing to the production.

Union College

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