S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Adendorff, Mr Gerald Victor (electrical engineering)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

Gerald Victor Adendorff, electrical engineer, worked for the Victoria Falls Power Company, Johannesburg, in 1910, where he studied the induced effects of lightning on powerlines. His conclusions were published in a paper on "Atmospheric phenomena and their relation to the production of over voltages in overhead electric transmission lines" (Transactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1910). Later papers by him, published in the same journal, dealt with "Thunderstorms" (1914) and "Notes on the application of synchronous condensers to large power systems" (1919).

Adendorff was an associate of the (British) Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was a member of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science in 1911, but no longer in 1918.

During the nineteen-twenties and -thirties he was a consulting electrical and mechanical engineer with his headquarters in Cape Town. His work included the planning of a power station at Beaufort West (1924), water works and electric lighting at Upington (1926), electric lighting at Hermanus (1926), a proposed electricity supply scheme and water supply for the municipality of Aberdeen (1933), electricity extensions at Burghersdorp (1934-1938), and a proposed suction gas electric power station at Cape Town (not dated).


List of sources:

IEEExplore. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=6592205

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS), athttp://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to GV Adendorff.

South African Association for the Advancement of Science. Report, 1910, List of members.

South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. Index of SAIEE Transactions, 1909-2007. Electronic file received from SAIEE.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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