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Dr William Gilbert (1544-1603) showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I

Dr William Gilbert (1544-1603) showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I


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Dr William Gilbert (1544-1603) showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I

BAL99459 Dr William Gilbert (1544-1603) showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I and her Court, 19th century (oil on canvas) (see detail 99460) by Hunt, Arthur Ackland (fl.1863-1913); Private Collection; (add.info.: established the magnetic nature of the earth; fist to use the terms electricity, electric force and electric attraction; the gilbert, unit of magnetomotive power is named after him; #141); English, out of copyright

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1600 Elizabethan Inventor Magnetism Physician De Magnete Gilberd


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In this 19th-century oil painting, we are transported back in time to witness a remarkable moment in scientific history. The renowned Dr William Gilbert takes center stage as he demonstrates his groundbreaking experiment on electricity to none other than Queen Elizabeth I and her court. Captured by the talented artist Arthur Ackland Hunt, the scene is filled with anticipation and curiosity. Dr Gilbert, a physician, inventor, and scientist of great repute during the Elizabethan era, stands confidently before his audience. With an air of authority and excitement radiating from him, he unveils his discovery that would forever change our understanding of the natural world. As we delve into the details of this masterpiece, it becomes evident that Dr Gilbert's experiment revolves around magnetism – a subject he extensively studied throughout his life. His pioneering work established the magnetic nature of Earth itself and introduced terms such as electricity, electric force, and electric attraction. This historic encounter between science and royalty not only showcases Dr Gilbert's brilliance but also highlights Queen Elizabeth I's support for intellectual pursuits during her reign. It serves as a testament to how art can immortalize significant moments where knowledge transcends boundaries. Today, we honor Dr William Gilbert for his contributions to science through units like "the gilbert" named after him. This extraordinary painting reminds us of our collective journey towards unraveling the mysteries of our universe while paying homage to those who paved the way for scientific progress centuries ago.

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