AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 307
SPEECH OF PROF. ELIHU THOMSON.
Professor Thomson: — Mr. Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is certainly a great pleasure on this inspir¬ ing occasion to jofli in the homage to our honored guest, John Fritz. We represent, as your toastmaster has said, the yoimgest growth or development in engineering. One of the speakers preceding me said that America leads the world in certain directions. In what direction did America lead the world first? Why, in electrical work, in electrical engineering. These successes that have foUowed were the natural outgrowth of the grand development that was going on among our industries. The American electrical enguieer can, however, say that he set the pace for the world, by Franklin, earUer than the others. He is, I hope, to be able to continue setting that pace. It certainly will remain with us electrical engineers to keep up the progress, and the advancement which has been so rapid in the past twenty years. When this electrical engineering industry first be¬ gan, our honored guest, John Fritz, the man for whom we are gathered here to show our respect and admiration, was an old man, relatively speaking. Less than twenty years ago, electrical engineering did not exist. Not much more than seventeen or eighteen years ago (I think that is the time), a band of a few enthusiasts, as they might be called, gathered together and called themselves the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. As the art grew, the Institute grew. It has kept pace with that enormous growth and development which now keeps us all so busy. And what is that enormous growth based upon? Why, it leads back to the ironmaster. ...
We have, in the short time of the Ufe of this American Institute which I have the honor to represent, revolutionized Ughting, we have revolutionized power, we have revolu-