The electric fan was invented by Schuyler Skaats Wheeler in 1882. Wheeler's original electric fan consisted of two blades that were turned by an electric motor.
Wheeler was 22 years of age when he invented the electric fan. In addition to the fan, he also invented and held a patent for an electric battery.
In 1905, he became the president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Early in his career, Wheeler was a part of Thomas A. Edison's engineering staff. He even held a supervisory role at an Edison plant in New York. His electric fan was invented after he helped to establish his own company.