A vintage and current photo of the Tesla coil being watched by students.

George Kaufman’s “homemade lightning” was a show-stopper at Buhl Planetarium in the 1950s and continues to wow audiences today at the Science Center. The Pittsburgh native is pictured below with his invention.

100 Years of Homemade Lightning

Carnegie Science Center celebrates the 100th birthday of its Tesla coil and the two men whose fearless ingenuity made it possible.

By Betsy Momich



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