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The Electrical Experimenter was an American technical science magazine that was published monthly. It was established in May 1913, as the successor to Modern Electrics, a combination of a magazine and mail-order catalog that had been published by Hugo Gernsback starting in 1908.[1] The Electrical Experimenter continued from May 1913 to July 1920 under that name, focusing on scientific articles about radio, and continued with a broader focus as Science and Invention until August 1931.[1]

Electrical Experimenter
Electrical Experimenter Aug 1916 Cover.png
Electricity Lighting Liberty, August 1916
EditorHugo Gernsback
PublisherHugo Gernsback
First issueMay 1913
Final issue
July 1920
Vol 8 No 3
CompanyExperimenter Publishing
Based inNew York City

The magazine was edited by Hugo Gernsback until March 1929, when the Experimenter Publishing empire of Sidney and Hugo Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy; after that date it was edited by Arthur H. Lynch.[2]

Under the editorship of Gernsback, it also published some early science fiction; he published several of his own stories in the magazine starting in 1915, and encouraged others through a 1916 editorial arguing that a "real electrical experimenter, worthy of the name" must have imagination and a vision for the future.[3] Between August 1917 and July 1919, Nikola Tesla wrote five articles for the magazine,[4] and also published parts of his autobiography in segments in several issues in 1919.


  1. ^ a b Massie, Keith; Perry, Stephen D. (2002). "Hugo Gernsback and Radio Magazines: An Influential Intersection in Broadcast History" (PDF). Journal of Radio Studies. 9 (2): 264–282. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-04..
  2. ^ Magazine Data File: Electrical Experimenter
  3. ^ Michael Ashley (2000). Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the beginning to 1950. Liverpool University Press. pp. 30–33. ISBN 978-0-85323-855-3.
  4. ^ Tesla Bibliography

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