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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