Electricity

Electricity

1752

Okay, so this isn’t an invention but rather a discovery. It is still, however, so momentous that it deserves a mention. While scientists had been fascinated with lightning and electricity for thousands of years -indeed, great philosopher Thales of Miletus undertook numerous experiments into the nature of static electricity in 600 BCE — it wasn’t until Benjamin Franklin studied the phenomenon in 1752 that the two were reconciled and its true power realised. Following Franklin’s work, electricity was harnessed in increasingly diverse ways, with Michael Faraday using it to lay down the foundations for the electric motor.