Electrical Science

The term electrical science was coined by Michael Idvorsky Pupin, a professor in the newly established department, in his autobiography. He states, "Crocker and I maintained that there is an 'electrical science' which is the real soul of electrical engineering." That emphasis on scientific foundation continues at Columbia to this day.


  • M. I. Pupin, From Immigrant to Inventor, Scribners, 1923, reprinted by Forgotten Books, 2012.