- Published in issue 1/1999 on page 63
When electronics was young - part 1:
a look back over centuries past
Standing at the threshold of a new millennium, it is a sobering thought to reflect that static electricity has been known for almost 2500 years: the Greeks discovered that friction on amber (Greek: ελεχτρον – electron) by fur gave rise to attractive forces. However, the word electron was not used until 1897 when J J Thomson discovered the electron as we know it.