The Life and Scientific Contributions of Michael Faraday

The Life and Scientific Contributions of Michael Faraday

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  • Michael Faraday was born in Newington, Surrey(Southern London) on September 22, 1791. He was raised in a poor family and had only received basic schooling when he was young at a Sunday school.
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  • Faraday was apprenticed by a bookseller/book binder when he was 14, and he began to read several of the scientific books available during the seven years he had that apprenticeship.
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  • Faraday then attended a lecture held by British chemist Humphry Davy when he was 20, eventually leading Davy to hire Faraday as his assistant at the Royal Institute of Great Britain.
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  • Faraday's work with Davy not only provided him with a complete understanding of chemistry during that period, but allowed him to make incredibly significant scientific discoveries, such as what would become known as the magneto-optical effect and electromagnetic induction.
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  • Faraday's scientific influence doesn't stop there! Faraday was also responsible for developing the concept of electrolysis, discovering benzine and establishing his own law of induction! 
  • Michael Faraday died on August 25, 1867, after a few years of being unable to truly make any signifcant breakthroughs. Despite these few years of little scientific success, Faraday's previous breakthroughs are still incredibly significant to this day! His contributions to our current understanding of electricity make him worthy of the title, "the Father of Electrical Engineering"!
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