Have you ever asked your pupils the question, what American has contributed most to the development of electrical science? Very likely a great majority would answer without hesitation, Edison, the inventor of the incandescent light. Some might answer, Bell, the inventor of the telephone. A few, the radio fans, might say De Forest, the inventor of the three electrode tube. An occasional one might even answer Franklin, the first great American scientist, who drew electricity from the clouds, and showed that lightning and the "electric fluid" are the same. Not one, I am sure, would ever mention Joseph Henry.
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Kadesch, W. H.
Science Bulletin: Vol. 2:
9, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/science_bulletin/vol2/iss9/3