Ten fun facts about Prokop Divis
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Though he completed his basic studies in 1719, he didn't begin to study philosophy in preparation to be ordained until 1726.
His original birth name is Vaclav Divisek; he took the name Prokop or Procopius after entering his religious training.
He became ordained in 1726 but began teaching philosophy in 1729.
He was the first person to come up with the grounded lightning rod, even though Benjamin Franklin is associated with the lightning rod.Fact 5
He became interested in building a 'weather-machine' after Georg Richmann, a professor at St. Petersburg, was killed by lightning.Fact 6
In 1733 he completed his doctoral dissertation and obtained his Doctor of Theology degree.Fact 7
Emperor Francis Stephen brought Prokop to show his experiment at the Vienna Imperial Court, who gave him two gold medals.Fact 8
While Benjamin Franklin also developed a lightning rod, the difference was that Prokop's was grounded.Fact 9
In 1753, he created the first electrical musical instrument that could imitate the sound of other instruments.Fact 10
A town in the Czech Republic called Zamberk has a building called the "Prokop Divis Theatre" with a lightning rod on the top of it. Go to more people facts ❯
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