The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) covers the 110 years of history of Instituto Superior Técnico, through its past, present and future objects.
A collection of objects related to different fields, such as science, music, arts and sports, is the starting point for conversations with people who will tell us more about the history of these objects.
A new episode is released every week. The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) is part of the Público newspaper podcasts.
Today’s episode (#70) – 25th November 2022: “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) – “The Gramme dynamo”.
At the end of the 19th century, the Gramme dynamo gave a major impetus to the development of electric power. It became a crucial device for generating continuous electric currents and paved the way for the dynamos built since then. The specimen that is part of the Faraday Museum collection, at Alameda campus, is one of the few dynamos built by François Breguet, a renowned French watchmaker who was also the author of the “watch number 160”, commissioned as a gift (never delivered) to Marie-Antoinette. When it arrived at the Faraday Museum, the dynamo was not working but quickly entered the Museum’s motto “all we have here must be working”. Today it is one of the most extraordinary specimens in the Museum’s collections.