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Who Discovered Electricity? History of Energy and Power

Learn about who discovered electricity and how it works

Written by Caitlin Ritchie

Edited by Jamie Cesanek

Last updated 08/31/2023

Benjamin Franklin testing electrical current theory with kite
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Key Points

  • Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and many other scientists and researchers contributed to the discovery of electricity.
  • Electricity is the movement of electrons between atoms, which generate an electrical charge. We can harness this charge to power devices in our homes.
  • Electrical grids today send electricity to millions of homes and businesses through interconnected power lines and infrastructure.
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