Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Who Exactly Invented Electricity?

Welcome back my fellow learners, today we are going to look more in-depth to that much used invention electricity.

Most people are under the misconception that Edison invented the light bulb, Marconi the radio, Bell the telephone and Morse the telegraph. However, they did not, they may have improved on the original idea in some cases, but, only the clever ones has the sense to patent it.  
Electricity was around before the word of Christ was even thought of, together we will follow the journey of how several people actually brought the light bulb into fruition.

Franklin was borne into a family of seventeen children. He left school at the tender age of ten to become a printer’s apprentice. His was as we call today a self-made man, amassing wealth and notoriety through sheer determination and cunning.

James Watt was born in 1736 in bonny Scotland. Even though he did never experimented with electronics, he must not be passed over. By trade he made instruments, and opened up a repair show in 1757 in Glasgow. Watt knew that one day the steam engine would take the place of animals, he decided to measure the rate of work done by a horse bringing up debris from a working mine, and calculated it was 22,000 ft-lbs per minute. He added 50% which gave him at 33,000 ft-lbs.

However, it was in 1791 a significant discovery was made in the history of electricity by an English man named Michael Faraday, this was Electromagnetic induction. He discovered how electric currents actually work, to this day many inventions are based on his work, and however, his vision would not see the light of day for another 150 years.
In 1847 one of the most well-known inventors, with 1093 patents under his belt was the famous Thomas Edison. Thomas was a self-educated man, with only 3 months of schooling to his name, believe it or not his last school actually threw him out as being retarded! However, due to a bout of scarlet fever, Edison was actually partially deaf.

The saddest tale of all of them was Nikola Tesla, born in 1856 to Serbian parents, he passed away a lonely and broke man in New York in 1943. This man was a visionary, predicting the future of having a skyline of poles and power lines. However, as testament to Tesla, Niagara Falls with the help of his invention was the first hydroelectric plant in the US.

So you see dear readers, the parable to this tale is simply, unless you patent it, you will never go down in the annexes of history as one of the great inventors!

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