Electricity History

Thomas Edison: A Short Biography

The Basics: Born: February 11, 1847 Lived in: Ohio and New Jersey Discovered: The “Edison effect,” or electric waves in space. This discovery allowed for the invention of radios, televisions,…

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Benjamin Franklin: A Short Biography

The Basics: Born: January 17, 1706 Lived in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Discovered: Positive and negative electrical charges and that lightning is a form of electricity (the famous “kite and key” experiment)….

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James Watt: A Short Biography

The Basics:  Born: January 19, 1736 Lived in: Glasgow, Scotland, and Birmingham, England Invented: An improved steam engine, which was a big part of the Industrial Revolution and made him…

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Michael Faraday: A Short Biography

The Basics: Born: September 22, 1791 Lived in: London, England Discovered: Electromagnetic induction – if he moved a magnet through a loop of wire, the wire would become electrified. The…

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Nikola Tesla: A Short Biography

The Basics: Born: July 10, 1856 Lived in: Croatia, Hungary, France, New York, Colorado Discovered: Alternating current electricity, hydroelectric power, radio waves, radar, robotics Invented: The “Tesla coil” electric transformer,…

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