....technology so strange I was attacked as a fraud, and my application rejected. Time does not permit details except to say, the invention was gross simplification of an electrostatic generator using water dripping through two open cans. It's predecessor existed for sale in an old Central Scien- tific catalog. It contained four cans. I ripped out the page and mailed it to the examiner with a note that said, "If I am a fraud, then the company selling its equivalent is also a fraud." US 2,742,58l patent issued immediately....Difference between Rhodes gas & Browns gas - KeelyNet 04/11/02
Patent number: 2742581STATIC ELECTRIC GENERATOR - Google Patents
Filing date: May 27, 1953
Issue date: Apr 17, 1956
But to end the controvesry: Rhodes invented Browns gas.