Founder’s Day 2019

I updated this tribute from my archives to pay homage to the man who inspired the name of this website and, ultimately, made it possible for me to have a career as an electrician.

And now, this…

What a difference 230 years makes!

ohm formulaGerman physicist and mathematician, Georg S. Ohm—Patron Saint of this website—was born on March 16, 1789. In 1825 he was teaching school when he began research into Alessandro Volta’s electrochemical cell and discovered the relationship between Voltage and Current, expressed as Resistance, in an electric circuit. What has become known as Ohm’s Law was published in 1827 and widely criticized until 1841 when Georg Ohm became the 18th person to receive the prestigious Copely Medal from the Royal Society of London.

As an Electrician, and eventually a Bridge Electrician, there were two laws that I lived by: Ohm’s Law and the Law of Gravity. It’s not often that you get to be governed by two absolutes at once on a daily basis. I learned about Ohm’s Law in science classes and never thought that I would be using it to earn a living, much less using it for the title of a blog.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” —Revelation 22:13 New International Version

A college professor of mine told us a story one day about his experiences in World War II. He was in the OSS and worked with the French Underground. He was on the beach at Normandy with a radio providing the Allied invasion troops with information as they made their way towards shore.

The professor said that one way that they knew if a town was friendly to the Resistance movement was to look for an Omega symbol scrawled on a wall or fencepost. Ω is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and is rumored to be the inspiration for the famous Kilroy-character of WWII graffiti fame.

Whether you pronounce it, Ooooooooom, or chant it as, Auuuuuuuum, Ohm’s Law is a concept that makes our Digital World possible, harnessing electricity and directing it to power our gadgets, appliances and the computer monitor that you are reading this on.

“Overburdened with students, finding little appreciation for his conscientious efforts, and realizing that he would never marry, he turned to science both to prove himself to the world and to have something solid on which to base his petition for a position in a more stimulating environment.”
—J. J. O’Connor and
E. F. Robertson

Progress often times comes down to drive and perseverance. What do you love above all else? What would motivate you to sacrifice personal comfort, security and a family life? Georg Ohm committed his life to understanding the fundamentals of electricity. Let’s pause and remember his efforts on our behalf today.


  6 comments for “Founder’s Day 2019

  1. March 16, 2019 at 7:28 AM

    Ohm sweet ohm. For you, for me, and for so many. Where would we have ventured without him?

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 16, 2019 at 12:39 PM

      He led me from the sunny beaches of south Florida on the East coast, to the high desert on the western slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and eventually to the left edge of the North American continent and a steel rainbow spanning the Golden Gate Strait. It’s been an unexpected and delightful journey.

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      • March 16, 2019 at 1:54 PM

        He led me to the Middle East, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Germany, Northern Ireland, The Outer Hebrides, and looked after me while I was putting in a new electrical socket, and transformer for my new door bell today. Thank you Mr Ohm!


      • March 17, 2019 at 2:26 PM

        That’s quite an international journey, Peter, and you had a successful, busy day to boot!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. March 16, 2019 at 4:11 AM

    I’d never heard about the Omega symbol being a possible source for the Kilroy figure. That’s really fascinating.

    Liked by 1 person

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