VIDEO: Snatching Lightning—Benjamin Franklin

National Association of Scholars

Benjamin Franklin was a prolific inventor, and he excelled at turning his ideas into practical, publicly useful endeavors. From the Franklin Stove, to his campaign for public lighting, to his work harnessing electricity, Franklin was a key figure in harnessing energies for public use.

How did Benjamin Franklin develop his ideas? How did his inventions affect daily life for people of that day?

This event features E. Philip Krider, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona School of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences and author; and Hal Wallace, Curator of the Electricity Collections at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

Photo by Lee Junda on Unsplash

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