Deadly Experiments with Lightning

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Two years after Thomas-Francois Dalibard, a Frenchman, tested Benjamin Franklin’s theory about capturing lightning in a bottle, Georg Richmann tried to replicate the experiment. Things did not go well for him.

A German, working at the Russian court in St. Petersburg, Richmann tried to capture the charge of lightning. He was killed as a direct result.

Richmann’s tragic end was widely illustrated throughout the world’s press. His was a story of heroism ... an individual who tried to further understand scientific phenomenon and died as a result of his efforts.

This image depicts one of those contemporary illustrations. Click on it for a better view.

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Image online, courtesy North Carolina State University.




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