Michael Faraday invented the first electric generator in 1831. This British chemist and physicist did extensive work in the field of electricity that paved the way for the inventions of the electric motor and transformer.
Earlier in the same year that he made his first generator, Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction. He found that the electromagnetic effect a current has in one wire is able to generate electricity in another wire. Using this information, he learned how to produce a steady current. He connected two wires to a copper disc. He then maintained a steady current when he switched the disc back and forth between the two poles of a horseshoe magnet. Thus he made his first electric generator.Learn More
Some attribute Thomas Edison as the inventor of the electric heater because a light bulb creates both heat and light. However, Heater Home claims that Albert Marsh discovered chromel in 1905, which was used to create the first heat element.Full Answer >
The American physician Sidney Russell invented the first electric blanket in 1912, although there is some dispute among historians as to whether Russell's electric blanket actually was the first. The early electric blankets were used under the bed and radiated heat upward.Full Answer >
The first electric wheelchair was created in Canada. Though attempts to create a proper motorized wheelchair started in 1916, there were no viable prototypes until after World War II.Full Answer >
The electric drip coffee maker was invented in 1954 by the German inventor Gottlob Widmann, and the device was called the Wigomat. Electric coffee makers did not become popular in the United States until the 1970s.Full Answer >