Hauksbee electrostatic generator, 1709

Hauksbee electrostatic generator, 1709

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Caption: Hauksbee electrostatic generator. Historical illustration of an apparatus used in static electricity experiments. The glass containers (upper centre) are rotated by turning the handle at centre left. Static is generated by holding a hand against the sphere as it rotates, causing an electric discharge glow in the partial vacuum within the glass containers. It was invented by and named for English scientist and Royal Society demonstrator Francis Hauksbee (1666-1713), who published details of his invention in a paper in 1709. Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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