The History of Energy
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Key Figures in Energy
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): Designed the efficient Franklin stove, and demonstrated that lightning was in fact electricity.
- Alessandro Volta (1745-1827): Inventor of the battery.
- Michael Faraday (1791-1867): Discoverer of electromagnetic induction.
- James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879): Connected light, electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic waves with his equations.
- Thomas Edison (1847-1931):
- Nikola Tesla (1856-1943): Father of alternating current devices.
- 1838: Edmund Becquerel publishes papers about the "photovoltaic effect."
- 1884: Sir Charles Parson invents the steam turbine.
- 1882: First hydroelectric plant opens on Fox River near Appleton, Wisconsin.
- 1938: Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman discover nuclear fission in Germany.
- 1951: First usable power from nuclear reactor powers four light bulbs in Idaho.
Author: Nick Enge
General References: Famous People in Energy and Science
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