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Charles G. Curtis

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Charles G. Curtis (1860-1953), an American inventor

1896 He patented two turbine concepts that led to the commercial production of a low-cost, single-cylinder turbine to produce electricity. The Curtis vertical steam turbine enabled the electric power supply system to grow at an unprecedented rate during the first two decades of the 20th century.

The first Curtis vertical turbine was constructed by the General Electric Co. for the Newport & Fall River Street Railway Co. It operated in the Newport, R.I., generating station until June 1927. It was transferred to the Harding Street Station of the Indianapolis Power & Light Co. for display and later moved to the company's E.W. Stout Station.

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