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Prokop Diviš

Prokop Diviš

Today in history, in 1698, Prokop Diviš — the person who constructed the grounded lighting rod — was born.

Diviš was a natural scientist and in an attempt to prevent thunderstorms from occurring, he accidentally constructed the grounded rod.

Also, Diviš is held responsible for creating the Denis d’or — possibly the first electric musical instrument.

On December 21, 1765, Diviš died. But after years of obscurity, he is now now seen as an inventor who invented the lighting rod in the same years as Benjamin Franklin — possibly independently.