The Importance of Electricity

Everyone knows the famous story of Benjamin Franklin tying a key to a kite string and holding it up in a lightning storm, but the history of electricity goes deeper than a single moment in history. Long before Franklin discovered static electricity in 1752, the ancient Egyptians knew that the electric catfish of the Nile produced a shock when it came in contact with a human body. Electricity remained a mystery for millenia, and was only named in the year 1600 by English scientist William Gilbert. Gilbert was studying magnetism when he invented the first electroscope; he determined that amber acquired a static charge via friction and named the effect elektron which is the Greek word for amber.

Scientists continued to study electricity throughout the 17th and 18th century; in addition to Franklin’s discovery, scientists Otto von Guericke, Robert Boyle, Stephen Gray and C. F. du Fay continued to break new ground. After Franklin’s discovery, the practical application of electricity in new inventions took off; in 1800, Alessandro Volta invented the battery, generating electricity for the first time through chemical reactions, in 1830, Michael Faraday invented the first generator, and in 1879, Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light bulb.

Electricity is now a staple, something we cannot imagine our lives without. It is one of the greatest modern inventions, opening up infinite possibilities for civilization. At DNA Electric, we are proud to carry forth the tradition of bringing light and energy to your home. To learn more about our services, call today.

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