In 1812. at the age of 20. Michael Faraday created his first 'voltaic cell" from layers of zinc, some salt-water soaked paper and a long stack of copper coins. This was just the beginning of his journey to being the inventor and creator of the first electric generator (the Faraday disc). Faraday's discoveries and inventions were one of the foundations of the Industrial Revolution and set the stage as the direct precursor of the emergent, electric world we live in today. In every corner of the earth, electric generators based on Faraday's work are busy creating electricity.