Electricity is a form of energy that exists in nature. Since electricity occurs in nature it was not invented. So, let us find out “ Who discovered the electricity?”. Electricity was discovered and understood by many scientists. Benjamin Franklin is given the credit for discovering electricity. In the year 1752, Benjamin Franklin conducted an experiment using a kite and key on a rainy day. He wanted to demonstrate the relationship between lightning and electricity. He flew the kite tied with a key during the thunderstorm. As he expected, the electricity from the storm clouds transferred to the key and he got a shock.
After the revelations of Franklin’s experiment, many scientists started building upon his work and started studying and understanding the concept of electricity. Scientists have found evidence that ancient people had experimented with electricity much before Franklin’s discovery of electricity. In 600 BC, the ancient Greeks found static electricity by rubbing fur on amber. In the year 1600, English physician William Gilbert used the word “electricus” to explain the force between the objects when they are rubbed with each other.
The first practical application of electricity was the invention of electric dynamo by Michael Faraday in the year 1831. This set an electrical revolution around the world. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in the year 1878. In the late 1800s, Nikola Tesla invented alternating current and induction motor.