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Charles du Fay, 1689 - 1739, France, France


A french chemist, he is an early pioneer in understanding electricity. He discovered the existence of two types of electricity and named them "vitreous" and "resinous" (later known as positive and negative charge respectively). He noted the difference between conductors and insulators, calling them 'electrics' and 'non-electrics' for their ability to produce contact electrification. He also discovered that alike-charged objects would repel each other and that unlike-charged objects attract.
Charles, François de Cisternay, du Fay
Alternative Name: Charles François de Cisternay du Fay
People type: science
Achievement: Discover two types of electricity
Superintendent of Jardin des Plantes
1689-09-14
1739-07-16
Age of Enlightment| | | Reported findings on electricity| 1733
Weblink: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._F._du_Fay
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