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George Wilhelm Richmann (1711-1753) professor of Natural History at St Petersburg, Russia. Already interested in the electrical nature of thunderstorms, he repeated Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment and was killed by ball-lightning on 6 August 1753. The first person to be killed while conducting an electrical experiment. Engraving from 'Les Merveilles de la Science' by Louis Figuier (Paris c1870).

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George Wilhelm Richmann (1711-1753)  professor of Natural History at St Petersburg, Russia.  Already interested in the electrical nature of thunderstorms, he repeated Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment and was killed by ball-lightning on 6 August 1753. The first person to be killed while conducting an electrical experiment.  Engraving from 'Les Merveilles de la Science' by Louis Figuier (Paris c1870).