Jacques de Romas kite experiment

Jacques de Romas kite experiment

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Caption: In 1750 Romas wrote a dissertation on the physical similarities between lightning and electricity. Subsequently the famous kite experiment was invented by Franklin and Romas independently. Acording to Priestley, writing in 1767, Franklin carried out his kite experiment in 1752. Romas first performed his kite experiment in Nerac, France in1753. His kite had a wire interwoven in the string to aid conduction. Using a tin conductor he produced very long sparks. His experiment was watched by an amazed crowd. Romas continued his kite experiments for several years and continued his research work on the nature and effects of lightning. Today Franklin is remembered for these experiments whilst Romas gets little credit.

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