Electricity Use | History of Electricity Use
Thales of Miletus (640-546 B.C.) is credited with the discovery
that amber when rubbed acquired the property of attracting light
objects. The word electricity comes from "elektron" the Greek
word for amber. Otto von Guericke invented the first static electric
generator in 1675, while the first current generator was made
by Alosio Galvani in 1780. But except for some supposed medicinal
applications, electricity had little use.
Energy Information Administration (home page), plus:
Historical Data and Analysis provides production and consumption statistics.
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