Lightning conductor, c 1749.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Lightning conductor, c 1749.

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This is a replica of an early lightning conductor erected by Franklin in America, c 1749. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was famous for his experiments on electricity, which began in 1746. His most famous experiment used a kite with a wet string to charge a Leyden jar, in 1752. However, prior to that he had experimented on discharges from pointed objects and developed this lightning conductor.

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