Charles Grafton Page
Born January 25 1812 – Died May 5 1868
Improvement in Induction-Coil Apparatus and in Circuit-Breakers
Patent No. 76,654
Charles Grafton Page invented the first high-voltage induction coil in 1836. The high-voltage induction coil became an important tool of scientific research, and a standard component of automobile ignition systems in the twentieth century.
Page was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1836 and, after residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, set up his own medical practice. Although trained as a physician, he was fascinated by the science of electricity. He designed an electrostatic machine at age ten and published the first of over forty papers on electromagnetic devices by the time he was twenty-two.