History of Electricity: Electricity is a form of energy and it originates from the presence of charged particles. Today, electricity is all around us and it powers our life style itself through mobile phones, computers, iron boxes, machines, and even automobiles. Electricity existed in the world from its beginning, so it was never invented. Now, the discovery of electricity (history of electricity)… that is even complex and is not easy to explain.
From the study of fossils it is found that during 600 BC the ancient Greeks produced electricity by rubbing fur on amber. The electricity produced by the Greeks was static electricity. Archaeologists, during 1930s, discovered pots with sheets of copper inside. Archaeologists believe that these pots were the ancient form of batteries used by Romans to produce light. There were more studies which proved that even Persians used similar devices which produced electricity.
However, in the year 1600, William Gilbert (a physician who served Queen Elizabeth I of England) used the Latin word ‘Electricus’. The term electricus described the force exerted by some materials when rubbed against each other. As William Gilbert used the term electricus and officially defined the force, people assumed Gilbert as the inventor of electricity.
In 1752, Ben Franklin’s kite experiment proved that lightening and the tiny electric sparks are the same. Later in 1800, Alessandro Volta from Italy discovered that electricity can be produced from some chemical reactions and he invented the earliest proven electric battery that produced steady electric current.
Michael Faraday creation of the electric dynamo in 1831 made electricity viable for the uses of technology. This invention gave chance to Thomas Edison and others in developing light bulbs. To read more about Thomas Edison click here: