August Uno Lamm

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

August Uno Lamm was born in Gothenbury, Sweden back in 1904 to Fredrik and Aino.  He obtained his master’s degree at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1927.  He had a short time in compulsory military service, he joined the General Swedish Electrical Limited Company.

In 1929, he was made manager of the project to develop a high-voltage mercury arc valve.  In 1943 he obtained his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology.  It took twenty years of development work to produce a valve with then necessary rating for HVDC (high-voltage direct current).  He died in1989, he was 85.

What you may not know about August is that he is considered “The Father of High Voltage Direct Current” power transmission.  In 1955, he was made head of the General Swedish Electrical Limited Company’s project to develop Sweden’s first commercial nuclear reactor.  He moved to California in 1961 to work with General Electric on the Pacific DC Intertie project, which combined AC and HVDC transmission systems to move electrical energy from the hydroelectric generators of the Pacific Northwest to consumer in southern California.

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Comments (20)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I should have been previously aware about this man as he obviously had an impact on Southern California.  His influence which has resulted in the success of our area should be better known.  There are so many people in history who work behind-the-scenes in order to create a better life in our communities.    

Apr 04, 2021 05:26 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. August used his talent to help many and nw I know! Thanks. Enjoy your day.

Apr 04, 2021 05:34 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

James, Happy Easter to you and your family. Thanks for sharing,  I hope that you enjoy the day today.  Bill Salvatore

Apr 04, 2021 05:36 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, not my area of expertise and most of that flew over my head but I do know that it sounds like he was a very intelligent man.

Apr 04, 2021 05:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... another person who contributed much to our lives. Seems it's impossible to run out of these individuals.

Apr 04, 2021 05:46 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - in the early part of the 20th Century there was great debate about the use of DC verus AC.  AC won.  Thomas Edison was involved in this debate.

Apr 04, 2021 05:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 04, 2021 05:58 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I would love to know his thoughts on solar panels and wind turbines powering these huge electrical power plants. 😀

Apr 04, 2021 06:25 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wonder what he would think of "green energy"!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 04, 2021 06:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story you shared with us, and high voltage electricity changed all of our lives.  Happy Easter to you and your family.  A

Apr 04, 2021 07:08 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Happy Easter to you James and thank you for another fascinating biography

Apr 04, 2021 08:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

He certainly contributed to our world in life-changing ways!

Apr 04, 2021 09:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Happy Easter, James- you realize that all of that went completely over my head. 

Apr 04, 2021 11:56 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James happy Easter to you and I know you will be shocked to know that I had no idea who he was and what he did until I read your post Endre

Apr 04, 2021 05:37 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was shocked to hear that he was the father of High voltage DC 

Happy Easter James 

Apr 04, 2021 05:51 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

LOL at Paul's comment. Thanks for a good read James. The history of the battle between AC and DC in the USA is also interesting and I think the wrong one won. 

Apr 04, 2021 06:41 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I reread this two times as it is all Greek to me.  My eldest son is an Electrical Engineer and I have a feeling he would also find this information interesting.  He often talks to me about men of such knowledge and expertise. Afraid it goes right over my head although I certainly have an admiration for their expertise.

Apr 05, 2021 07:48 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I did not know Mr. Lamm was considered “The Father of High Voltage Direct Current” power transmission-thank you.

Apr 06, 2021 03:26 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

James, I hope you enjoy a great afternoon and thank you for this post.

Apr 06, 2021 03:26 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Many of the top scientists play a music instrument to get away from thinking too hard. Albert Einstein was playing violin whiling trying to formulate his theory on relativity. Both my father and a coworker know his son who taught engineering at Berkerly. My coworker was an assistant to Prof Einstein Jr and had a paper written in joint name. I said you too?

Apr 21, 2021 08:36 AM