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Who made electricity?

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Physician William Gilbert used the Latin word “electricus” in 1600 to describe the force substances exert when they come in contact with or are rubbed against each other. In 1752, Ben Franklin's experiments showed lightning and electricity were the same.

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Who made electricity?
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The discovery of electricity is spread out during hundreds of years between numerous inventors and scientists all across the world. The earliest known example of cultures who were aware of electricity are the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The Greeks discovered that rubbing fur on amber caused an attraction between the two, while archaeologists discovered pots with sheets of copper inside that the Ancient Romans may have used as primitive batteries.

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