Caption: Animation of Benjamin Franklin's lightning experiment. Franklin (1706-1790) and his 21-year-old son William, performed their famous experiment on 15th June 1752, flying a kite in a thunderstorm. A metal wire on the kite attracted a lightning strike and electricity flowed down the string to a key, charging a Leyden jar (capacitor) seen near Franklin's hand. This experiment proved that lightning was an electrical phenomenon, and supported Franklin's invention of lightning rods. Some scientists died repeating the experiment, and the Franklins were lucky they were not killed themselves. Artworks such as this are based on the description Franklin gave to Joseph Priestley. This artwork is from A Travers l'Electricite (G. Dary, Paris, 1900).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 15 06 1752, 15 june 1752, 1700s, 1752, 18th century, 1900, 20th century, a travers electricite, adult, american, artwork, assistant, benjamin franklin, bolt, caucasian, danger, dangerous, dary, discovery, electric, electrical, equipment, experiment, experimenting, family, famous, father, filial, first, french, hazard, hazardous, historic, historical, history, history of science, human, illustration, invention, irresponsible, june, key, kite, leiden jar capacitor, lightning, lightning rod, lucky, male, man, men, north america, north american, paris, paternal, philadelphia, physical, physicist, physics, pioneer, research, researcher, researching, risk, risky, safety, scientist, son, storm, strike, suicidal, surname f, thunderbolt, thunderstorm, united states, unsafe, us, usa, white, william franklin

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.

Franklin's lightning experiment

K004/4319 Rights Managed

Downloadable master

Duration: 00:00:10

Frame size: 1920x1080

Frame rate: 25

Audio: No

Format: QuickTime, Photo JPEG 100%, progressive scan, square pixels

File size: 360.1M


Capture format: Digital Rostrum

Codec: JPEG

Please contact Science Photo Library if you require the original, or other formats.


Save watermarked comp

Request un-watermarked file

Price clip Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator