Michael Faraday Figures Out What Humphry Davy Could Not
Humphry Davy was considered by the early 1800s to be one of the brightest men of his era. When it came to science, he might have very well been the most notable man of his time. Taking on an apprentice like Michael Faraday only made sense due to his skills, yet even Davy could not assume what would happen next.
In 1821, Danish Chemist and Physicist named Hans Christian Ørsted discovered electromagnetism, a phenomenon during its time. Due to this discovery, The Royal Society wanted to do something with it, as they felt an electric motor could utilize the concept. Both British scientist William Hyde Wollaston and Davy tried but failed numerous times to design a motor. Faraday watched the men and discussed the problem with them.
Davy pretty much told Faraday to play around with the same stuff he and Wollaston used, to see what he could figure out. He even did so in a joking manner, but Faraday did not take this as a joke at all. To Davy’s surprise, Faraday figured out what the other two could not and built two devices to produce what he then coined as “electromagnetic rotation.” Basically, Faraday built a motor that was the first version of every motor we see on Earth today!!