In 1749, Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in North America during the course of his explorations into the nature of electricity. Franklin wrote about his invention known as the "lightning attractor" and the "Franklin rod," outlining its specifications for the protection of homes and sailing vessels, in 1753.
Benjamin Franklin was inspired to invent the lightning rod to protect homes from the damaging fires caused by lightning strikes. Lightning rods and conductors attract the electricity generated by a lightning strike. Conductive wires and electrodes attached to the lightning rod direct the electricity safely to the grounding rod or ground.Learn More
Over the course of his career, Thomas Edison accumulated 1,093 patents for his inventions, including the phonograph, the motion-picture camera, the alkaline battery and the automatic telegraph. While he did not invent the light bulb, he was the first to invent an incandescent light bulb reliable enough for use in the home, and he developed a suitable electricity-generation system to power it.Full Answer >
No single person invented algebra. The roots of algebra extend to the ancient Babylonians, who first developed mathematical techniques to solve problems using algorithms. Later work by Greek, Persian and Indian mathematicians further extended these techniques and laid the foundations for modern algebra.Full Answer >
Items invented in 1998 include Windows 98, the iMac computer and the MP3 player. Viagra was also approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1998.Full Answer >
Dr. James Naismith is credited for inventing netball. The no-dribble game was a spinoff of basketball that he invented in 1891 at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass.Full Answer >