• Jan 1, 1000


    Around 2500 years ago, a Greek man by the name of Thales rubbed a piece of amber with a cloth and found that the amber would then attract small things like feathers. Although his experiments were not recorded, he also conducted more experiments about electricity.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1544 to

    William Gilbert

    Like Thales, William Gilbert (a physician to Queen Elizabeth 1) found that sulfer, resin, diamond, and many other materials could attract light objects if rubbed. He conducted further experiments that were a great contribution to our knowledge of electricity.
  • Otto Van Guericke

    Otto Van Guericke
    Otto Van Guericke made a contribution to our knowledge of electricity by making a very simple machine that created static electricity.He had not only found that the ball of sulfer used attracted things, but he also realized that the sulfer would repel objects.
  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin
    In the year of 1752, Benjamin Franklin did the famouos experiment of drawing electricity towards the ground with a kite. This confirmed his theory of lightning being electricity. He also examined the colour, shape, movement, power, and noise of the lightning.
  • Luigi Galvani

    Luigi Galvani
    In the year of 1791, Luigi Galvani was studying a frog when he noticed that the musles were in contact with two types of metal. With these observations, he made the theory that animal tissues made electricity. Even if this theory was proved wrong in the future, he had contributed a lot to future experiments.
  • Count Allasandro Volta

    Count Allasandro Volta
    Fascinated by Galvani's discoveries, he conducted a series of experiments and finally proved the first source of constant-current electricity. He also went to Paris in 1801 and made more experiments before the Institue de France.
  • Hans Christian Oersted / Andre Marie Ampere

    Hans Christian Oersted / Andre Marie Ampere
    Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish scientist, noticed that when he put a wire with an electrical current was placed close to a compass needle, the point would move away from pointing north.From this he suggested that electricity and magnetism were somehow related. Andre Marie Ampere also discovered the same thing at about this time.
  • Michael Faraday

    Michael Faraday
    Michael Faraday had discovered that using magnets, he could make an electrical current. Using a coil of wire, he ran electrticity and pushed a magnet into it. If he pushed the magnet, there would be a current, but if he held it still, nothing would happen. Using this information, he created an electrical motor and electrical devices are still used to this day.
  • James Brown

    James Brown
    Canadian inventor James Brown was the very first person to invent the washing machine. It used electricity and made washing clothes a much easier and faster process.
  • James Clerk Maxwell

    James Clerk Maxwell
    In 1865, James Clerk Maxwell wrote four famous formulas about electrical and magnetic forces. Based on these formulas, he predicted electromagneting waves. This theory was later proved and he contributed a lot of information making televisions and radios possible.
  • Alexander Graham Bell

    Alexander Graham Bell
    Alexander Graham Bell, a Canadian, was the inventer of the first telephone. At the time, he had accidentally heard his assistant fixing reeds on the other side of the wire, and with this he experimented with the plan to make a machine to transmite human voice.
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison
    In the year of 1879, Thomas Edison discovered that if he were to run electricity through somthing that glowed when heated, then it would create light and heat. After years of experimenting, he finally created inexpensive and safe lighting.
  • Thomas Ahearn

    Thomas Ahearn
    A Canadian Inventor Thomas Ahearn made an electric cook range in the year of 1882. This made cooking easier and much more convienient.
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison
    After his important invention in 1879 of the light bulb, he had now created another invention that gave lighting, heat, and power. It was also very safe to use.
  • Thomas Ahearn

    Thomas Ahearn
    Eight years after his invention of the electric range cooker, Thomas Ahearn made an electric car heater which makes car rides much more comfortable.
  • Reginald Aubrey Fessenden

    Reginald Aubrey Fessenden
    Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, an inventor born in Canada, was the first man to create a machine that could send messages through the air (wireless radio). This was just another invention that requires electricity.
  • Philo Taylor Farnsworth

    Philo Taylor Farnsworth
    American inventor Philo Taylor Farnsworth made a very important invention- the television. He was inspired when he was using a plow and the lines left behind reminded him of scanning something.This extraordinary device is a huge part of our society today.
  • George Retzlaff

    George Retzlaff
    The Canadian George Retzlaff was the inventor of a type of instant replay. George Retzlaff created instant replay on television