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Hauksbee Electrostatic Generator and Neon Light

Hauksbee Electrostatic Generator and Neon Light STEM World History Famous Historical Events Education

This image depicts Hauksbee's upgraded version of his electrostatic generator.  The device, circa 1706, produced static electricity when a person turned the wheel ("A"), then placed one's hand above the glass jar ("B").

With his generator of static electricity, Francis Hauksbee also invented the neon light (although he didn't realize it) when he poured mercury into the glass container, pumped-out all the air, then rubbed his hands against the rotating glass (causing the glass container to emit a bluish glow).

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Image, from a French-langage work, depicting Hauksbee's modified electrostatic generator as it appeared, circa 1706.

 

 

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