Gilbert

William Gilbert - 17th century physician, scientific rebel, and forefather of electrospinning

William Gilbert - 17th century physician, scientific rebel, and forefather of electrospinning

The first reports on the influence of an electrical charge on a liquid date back to the turn of the 17th century.  At the time, scientists followed the Aristotelian approach and musing about phenomena without any real urge to verify.  William Gilbert was among a new generation of natural philosophers that rejected this Aristotelian approach and instead performed experiments to test prevailing views.