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Electronics >> History of Electronics >> Inventions and Contribution of Cuneus and Muschenbrock to Electronics


Cuneus and Muschenbrock

Discovered the Leyden jar in 1745. The first electrical capacitor- a storage mechanism for an electrical charge. The first ones were a glass jar filled with water-two wires suspended in the water. Muschenbrock got such a shock out of the first jar he experimented with that he nearly died.

Later, the water was replaced with metal foils wrapped so that there was insulation between the layers of foil-the two wires are attached to the ends of the sheets of foil.

Musschenbroek working with Leyden jar
Musschenbroek working with Leyden jar

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