ashleycourtney_5.8-Historical Energy Events

  • "Electricity"

    William Gilbert (England) first coined the term electricity from elektron, the Greek word for amber. Gilbert wrote about the electrification of many substances. He was also the first person to use the terms electric force, magnetic pole, and electric attraction
  • Static Electricity

    Static Electricity
    Otto von Guericke (Germany) described and demonstrated a vacuum, and then invented a machine that produced static electricity.
  • Lighting and Energy

    Lighting and Energy
    Ben Franklin (United States) tied a key to a kite string during a thunderstorm, and proved that static electricity and lightning were the same thing.
  • Electric Battery

    Electric Battery
    Alessandro Volta (Italy) invented the first electric battery. The term volt is named in his honor.
  • Carbon Lamp

    Carbon Lamp
    Sir Humphry Davy (England) invented the first effective lamp. The arc lamp was a piece of carbon that glowed when connected by wires to a battery
  • Principle of Electromagnetic Rotation

    Principle of Electromagnetic Rotation
    Michael Faraday (England) discovered the principle of electro-magnetic rotation that would later be the key to developing the electric motor.
  • Electric Relay

    Electric Relay
    Joseph Henry (United States) invented the electrical relay, which could send electrical currents long distances.
  • Electric Steetcar

    Electric Steetcar
    The electric streetcar was invented by E.W. v. Siemens.
  • Electron

    Joseph John Thomson (England) discovered the electron.
  • Power Line

    Power Line
    The first power line between the United States and Canada was opened at Niagara Falls.