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The History of Electricity

  • Period: Jan 1, 1100 to

    1 January 1100 bce - 2011 ad The History of Electricity

  • Jan 1, 1200

    The Ancient Greeks - Greece

    The Acient Greeks used a natural form of electricity before it was even studied. They found that if they rubbed a piece of cloth with amber, it would attract and move some light objects. They used static electricity .
  • 1752, Benjamin Franklin

    1752, Benjamin Franklin
    In 1752, Bejamin Franklin flew a kite with a key attached to a string. What's odd is that he flew it during a lightning storm! This proved that lightning was actually electricity and could be used to provide energy.
  • Alessandro Volta

    Alessandro Volta
    The wet cell battery was invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800. A wet cell is a combination of zinc and silver disks covered in acid.
    the battery carried an electric current that flowed through a wire connecting the disks.
  • Hans Christian Oersted

    Hans Chrstian Oersted discovered that electrical currents create magnetic field. This is an important part in electromagnetism.
  • Michael Faraday

    Michael Faraday
    The transormer was invented by Michael Faraday in 1831. It is a device that is used to change the voltage of an electrical current. Back in 1821, he also invented the first electric motor.
  • Luigi Galvani

    Luigi Galvani
    Luigi Galvani noticed that a dead frog's leg muscles twitched when electicity touched it. He thought that a human body must have a fluid to make muscles move, just like electricity made the frog's muscles move.
  • Alexander Graham Bell

    Alexander Graham Bell
    The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. His phone worked by coverting sound into electricity and then back into sound.
  • The Graphophone

    The Graphophone
    The Graphophone was invented in by Alexander Graham Bell. It worked by recording sounds on wax cylinders and using electricity to play the sounds. The graphophone was used for entertainment; however, each of the wax cylinders had to be recorded separately, making recording the same sounds impossible.
  • Thomas Edison and his lightbulb

    Thomas Edison and his lightbulb
    On October 22, 1879, Thomas Edison perfected the lightbulb. He did not invent it, jus improved it. These new lightbulbs lasted longer, and were easier to produce . They also made life a lot easier.
  • Electric Stove

    Electric Stove
    In 1882 the electric stove was invented.The inventor was Thomas Ahearn. The electric stove helped people cook food by means of electricity but took some time to catch on.
  • Frank Robb

    the electric organ was invented by Frabk morse Robb in Ontario, Canada. He gave a demonstration in 1927 and was granted a patent in 1928.
  • The Pacemaker

    John Hopps invented the Heart Pacemaker in 1950. The Pacemaker worked by sending a jolt of electricity to the heart to revive it.