Jacques de Romas

Jacques de Romas

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Caption: Coloured portrait of Jacques de Romas.In 1750 Romas wrote a dissertation on the physical similarities between lightning and electricity. Subsequently the famous kite experiment was devised by Franklin and Romas independently. According to Priestley, writing in 1767, Franklin carried out his kite experiment in 1752. Romas first performed his kite experiment in Nerac, France, in 1753. He incorporated a metallic wire in the kite string to aid conduction and it is claimed he produced sparks up to 3 metres long. 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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