Henry Woodward (inventor)

Henry Woodward was an early pioneer in the development of the incandescent lamp. On July 24, 1874, he and his partner, Mathew Evans, a hotel keeper, patented an improved electric light bulb. [cite web|url=http://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/summer/scor/articles/scor18.htm| title = "The Canadian Electric Light"|author = Nigel Bunce and Jim Hunt|date = March 15, 1984] [cite web|url=http://home.frognet.net/~ejcov/evans.html| title = "Invention of the Incandescent Lamp", |author = Electrical World and Engineer, vol 35, No 15 |date=April 14, 1900| page = 540] Woodward was a medical student at the time. Their light bulb comprised a glass tube with a large piece of carbon connected to two wires. They filled the tube with inert nitrogen to get a longer burn life in the filament. Their light bulb was sufficiently promising; they were able to sell their US patent|181613 to Thomas Edison. Fact|date=April 2007 Thomas Edison also obtained an exclusive license to the Canadian patent.Fact|date=June 2008 Thomas Edison developed his own design of incandescent lamp with a high resistance thin filament of carbon in a high vacuum contained in a tightly sealed glass bulb which had a sufficiently long service life to be commercially practical.

Henry Woodward lived in Toronto.

Occupation: Inventor, although he was a medical student in Toronto.

Birth date & death are Unknown

The following letter by Henry Woodward and Matthew Evans describes the patent used for the Light bulb:

:To all whom it may concern:

:Be it known that We Henry Woodward of the city of Toronto in the County of York, in the Province of Ontario Medical Electrician, and Mathew Evans also of the city of Toronto, in the County of York, in the Province of Ontario Gentleman, have jointly invented :New and useful improvements in the art or process of obtaining Artificial light by means of Electricity and we do hereby declare that the following is a full clear and exact description of the same. :In the first place we use a gas engine, or other suitable motive power, for the purpose of rotating a magneto Electric Machine, and at Such Velocity, as shall create electricity, sufficient to heat certain pieces of Carbon to a state of incandescence. :In the Second place, we use pure Carbon and place the same in lamps, or outer suitable vessels, as hereinafter described. :A piece of Carbon, as herein before mentioned, pure in quality, and of suitable size, proportionate to the size of lamp or vessel to be used, is scraped and shaped until fitted for the purpose. One electrode is then Connected with the Carbon at the top, and the other electrode is connected with the Carbon at the bottom, in the following manner. A small hole is drilled a short distance into each end of the Carbon to fit the electrodes, and when necessary they are further secured by surrounding them with a portion of plaster of Paris or other suitable substance. The electrodes not passing through the carbons, nor Connecting with each other. It is then enclosed in a globe, or other vessel, either of glass or other Suitable material. The air is then extracted from the said globe, or vessel, after it has been hermetically sealed at the ends, and then filled with rarefied gas that will not unite chemically with the carbon when hot. Electricity is now supplied and in sufficient quantity, so as to heat the carbon within the vessel to a State of incandescence, the rarefied gas previously introduced now becomes luminous, and constitutes the light herein designated as Woodward and Evans' Electric Light. :This process will give a light of any required intensity, and there is practically no limit to the number of lights that may be obtained from one Magneto Electric Machine. :In the accompanying drawings, the same letters of reference indicate the same parts in all the views, and also in the Specification. :Fig 1 - is an Elevation, or front view of a piece of Carbon and is marked B; it is supposed to be scraped and shaped until suitable for the required purpose. :Fig 2 - is also an Elevation, or front view of the same piece of Carbon with the electrodes E E attached thereto, leading to, and from, the positive and negative poles of the battery, one being attached at the top and the other at the bottom of the Carbon. :Fig 3 - is a Sectional Elevation, showing globe marked A, but which may be a vessel of any other suitable form; The prepared Carbon B is also shown herein, and the aforesaid electrodes E E attached thereto. Showing also a tube C with an air-tight stopcock to be used in exhausting the air from the globe or Vessel A, and also for the injection of rarefied gas into the same. Showing also the hermetical sealing of said vessel at the ends of the tubes and marked G G; and showing also the stand D. :Fig 4 - is also a Sectional Elevation, showing the adaptation of another form of Vessel A; This drawing is on a larger scale in order to show the manner of closing the ends of the vessel which is done by brass sockets, that at the top being marked K and that at the bottom I. Showing also the Carbon B, different in form than that in the Vessel, and the two electrodes E E, running to and from the Poles M N. :Fig 5 - is an Elevation, Showing one mode of Connecting the various lights with the machine by means of two trunk wires, or electrodes H H running from the positive and negative poles M and N of the machine, with branches b b therefrom to each light. :Fig 6 - is also an Elevation showing another method of connecting the lights with the machine, each light having a distinct wire b, running to each pole of the machine M + N. :Having thus described our invention We claim - The placing of Carbons B in lamps or other suitable vessels A filled with rarefied gas, possessing the property of not chemically Combining with the carbon when in a state of incandescence, in Connection with the arrangement of the electrodes E E fixing and? connecting, the Carbon B, substantially as set forth. Mac-mac


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