Spirit of Islay wrote: Aidan wrote: Bar Items wrote:
The Light Globe was...
...not invented by Edison.
Joseph Swann in Newcastle !
And Cragside in Rothbury was the first private residence lit by electric lamp .....
Well it's handy stuff for pub quizzes !!!!!
Now, wait. If Davy produced an electric arc light, and Swann's sole contribution was to change it into a different form of completely unusable bulb, how does Swann get credit? How about Bush, for making the first actually usable bulb - or Edison, who made the first one that could be used for long periods of time? Or Davy, who actually discovered that electric current through a carbon fiber glowed enough to give off usable light - and did it 70 years before any of this other stuff happened?
And who the heck is Baird? Everyone here is taught that television was invented by Farnsworth. I've never even heard of Baird.
I'm very disappointed to hear about Millikan. Does this mean that someone's repossessing his Nobel Prize?