Our Legacy of Innovation

No other American company can claim a heritage of innovation as deep and broad as GE. From Thomas Alva Edison’s first incandescent light bulb to the latest jet engine brimming with internet-connected sensors and 3D-printed parts, GE has pioneered technologies that have spurred world-transforming changes and improved the lives of billions. We’ve encapsulated GE’s global impact in nine different industries, highlighting four key technological transformations where we have consistently led the way. Together, these moments trace an arc of innovation that has no parallel—a proven 150-year commitment to progress that will help propel a brighter future for the world.

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Four ways GE has changed the world we live in

Transportation

For over a century, GE’s creations have powered vehicles in the air, at sea, and on land.

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Power

GE’s portfolio of power equipment generates one-third of the world’s electricity.

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Devices

www.d88尊龙人生GE’s creations improve efficiency, lower costs, speed production, and save lives.

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Environment

www.d88尊龙人生GE is committed to creating a cleaner, more productive world.

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1918

GE builds a record-capacity water-wheel generator for Niagara Falls.

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1920

www.d88尊龙人生The first hydro turbine is built by Neyret Beylier Piccard Pictet (NBPP), the company that later became part of Alstom Energy, which is later acquired by GE.

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1922

www.d88尊龙人生Niagara orders two generators from GE to replace the original 65,000 kVA unit.

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1936

A GE 82,500-kva turbine is first brought online at the Hoover Dam, which would soon become the largest hydropower facility in the world.

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1942

The Grand Coulee Dam, with generators made by GE, opens in Washington.

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1965

www.d88尊龙人生Alstom, whose energy assets were later acquired by GE, optimizes the classic Francis water turbine, increasing output.

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1970

Alstom, whose energy assets were later acquired by GE, optimizes the classic Pelton turbine, increasing output.

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1984

The Itaipu Dam between Brazil and Paraguay goes online, becoming the world’s largest generator of hydropower to date.

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2012

GE is part of a consortium that builds turbines for Three Gorges Dam in China.

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2015

www.d88尊龙人生GE expands its renewable energy portfolio with the acquisition of Alstom Energy.

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2016

GE unveils Digital Hydro Plant technology, which makes hydropower more efficient through automation and data-driven maintenance.

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2017

GE launches a brand-new aerating hydro turbine technology.

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2018

www.d88尊龙人生GE launches a new technology that allows fish to safely pass through hydroelectric power stations.

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1919

www.d88尊龙人生The GE supercharger makes its maiden flight over McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio.

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1921

Lt. John Macready sets a new world altitude record with a GE Supercharger.

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1929

GE develops the innovative magneto compass.

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1937

www.d88尊龙人生Howard Hughes sets a transcontinental air record.

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1941

www.d88尊龙人生GE builds the first US jet engine, the I-A.

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1943

US military aircraft equipped with approximately 100,000 GE turbo superchargers for the war effort.

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1944

www.d88尊龙人生The US Army Air Corps flies its first operational jet fighter, powered by a GE J33.

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1949

GE introduces the J47, which becomes the world’s most-produced jet engine.

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1954

www.d88尊龙人生GE’s Small Aircraft Engine Division in Lynn, Massachusetts, designs the T58 “baby gas turbine.”

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1957

www.d88尊龙人生GE develops the J93, the first engine to operate at three times the speed of sound.

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1965

GE unveils the TF39 turbofan.

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1970

GE’s first afterburning turbofan, the F101, is selected to power the US Air Force’s new B-1 Bomber.

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1978

GE delivers its first T700 to power Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters.

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1982

The CFM56 Engine is introduced.

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2002

The GE90-115B engine sets a world record for thrust.

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2004

www.d88尊龙人生GE begins development of the GEnx engine.

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2008

GE and Safran Aircraft Engines unveil the LEAP-X next-generation engine program.

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2013

Boeing selects the GE9X as the sole engine for its 777X commercial planes.

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2018

www.d88尊龙人生The initial architecture of GE’s Affinity, the first commercial supersonic engine in 55 years, is introduced.

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1896

GE's Elihu Thomson builds electrical equipment for the production of X-rays.

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1913

GE researcher William Coolidge develops the hot-cathode, high-vacuum X-ray tube.

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1932

Associate Director of GE Research Laboratory Irving Langmuir wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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1959

The world’s first commercial size exclusion chromatography resin, Sephadex, launches.

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1974

The first non-ionic X-ray contrast media is introduced.

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1978

The first routine total-body computed tomography (CT) scanner is made widely available.

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1983

The first high-field 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is introduced.

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1999

The first commercial SPECT/CT combination designed as a single unit is introduced.

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2000

The first 4D high-res ultrasound system for women’s health enables visualization of fetal movement in utero.

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2011

www.d88尊龙人生The first single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging agent is released.

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2012

www.d88尊龙人生The world’s first modular biopharmaceutical facility, KUBio™, is opened.

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2015

The first NASA-style clinical hospital “command center” launches.

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2016

www.d88尊龙人生A mammography system featuring the world’s first patient-assisted compression remote control debuts.

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2017

Cell therapy enterprise offering launches with the acquisition of Asymptote Limited.

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2019

The first deep learning-based CT image reconstruction technology gains FDA clearance.

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