Which inventor is generally given credit for the invention of the lightning rod?
-Alexander Graham Bell
Answer: A lightning rod is a metal rod mounted on a structure and intended to protect the structure from a lightning strike. If lightning hits the structure, it will preferentially strike the rod and be conducted to ground through a wire, instead of passing through the structure, where it could start a fire or cause electrocution. The principle of the lightning rod was first detailed by Benjamin Franklin in Pennsylvania in 1749, who in the subsequent years developed his invention for household application. The idea spread fast, and Franklin considered it his most important invention. It’s one that is still used to this day.
Benjamin Franklin FRS FRSE was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Wikipedia
Born: 17 January 1706, Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 17 April 1790, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Education: Boston Latin School (1714–1715)
Spouse: Deborah Read (m. 1730–1774)
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