Abraham Bennet, F.R.S. (1749-1799): a provincial electrician in eighteenth-century england

  title={Abraham Bennet, F.R.S. (1749-1799): a provincial electrician in eighteenth-century england},
  author={Paul A. Elliott},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={59 - 78}
  • P. Elliott
  • Published 22 January 1999
  • History
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Abraham Bennet was a clergyman and electrical experimenter who invented the gold-leaf electroscope and the doubler of electricity. He used a mechanical revolving version of the latter to devise a concept of ‘adhesive electricity’, which had an important influence on Volta in the formulation of his contact theory of electromotivity. Bennet managed to balance his clerical position, obtained by patronage, with the friendship and assistance of the local philosophical community, which included… 
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