The Discovery of Electricity

  • B. Franklin

    B. Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin, one of the four Founding Fathers, discovered that there weren't two types of electricty;there is a negative and positive electricity. He discovered that lightning was actually electricity, which lead to him inventing the first lightning rod, a sharp rod of iron.
  • L. Galvani

    L. Galvani
    Luigi Galvani was an Italian Physician and Physicist who discovered that a electricity could power nerves, when he struck a frog with a spark, and it twitched. He believed that electricity powers life, which differed from Volta's thoughts. He was the first to strudy animal electricity, now known as electrophysiology, and bioelectricity.
  • A. Volta

    A. Volta
    An Italian Physicist named Alessandro Volta invented the first battery, after much research. He improved and popularized the electrophorus, a tool used for creating a static electricity charge. He discovered electricty potential and charge, and for his efforts, the unit of measuring electrical potention was named the Volt. He created the voltaic battery by using zinc, copper, and sulphuric acid.
  • H. C. Oersted

    H. C. Oersted
    Hans Christian Oersted was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered electric currents create magnetic fields. He also founded the Danish Meteorological Institute and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office. He first saw this when his compass flickered when he turned a battery on.
  • A. G. Bell

    A. G. Bell
    Scottish Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who was known for inventing the first telephone. His mother and wife were deaf, and so he spent his life working on hearing devices, which lead to the invention of the telephone. He later also worked on many other things, such as optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics.
  • T. Ahern

    T. Ahern
    Canadian Thomas Ahearn worked as a telegraph organizer, and later as a manager for a telephone company. One of his first inventions is inventing the first electric cooking range
  • J. J. Wright

    J. J. Wright
    John Joseph Wright, under Charles Joseph Van Depoele, built the first electric railway, which used electricty to move Grand Trunk flatcar, which later lead to the development of the streetcar. He was promoted to superintendent of the Toronto Electric Light Company later that year.
  • T. Ahearn

    T. Ahearn
    Canadian Thomas Ahearn worked as a telegraph organizer, and later as a manager for a telephone company. Two of his other accomplishments are inventing the first electric heater, and the first electric car heater.
  • Egyptians

    Thousands of years ago, around 2750 BC, the first people discovered "electricity", in the electric eels of the Nile. They called the eels "Thunderers of the Nile", and thought they were supposed to protect the other fish.
  • E. Burton and Co.

    Canadians Eli Franklin Burton, Cecil Hall, James Hiller, Albert Prebus invented the first electron microscope that was practical in the University of Toronto.
  • H. Woodward and M. Evans

    H. Woodward and M. Evans
    Canadians Harry Woodward and Mathew Evans refined the Incadescent Lightbulb, with a glass tube containing two wires of carbon, also with nitrogen in the glass to last longer. They patented it, however, they did not have enough money to develop the Lightbulb, they sold it to Thomas Edison the following year for $ 5 000.
  • Egyptians

    A long time ago, around 2750 BC, the first "electricty was found, in the form of electric eels. The people believed the were "Thunderers of the Nile", and protected the other fish
  • The Greek

    The Greek
    Around 580 BC, Thales, and other Greeks, discovered that rubbing amber and lodestone together would make the two items stick together, in a primitive style of static electricity.