10 things about Michael Faraday that every homeschooler should know:
- He was born in Newington, Surrey, England, on September 22, 1791.
- He was mostly self-educated, having only a basic education at Sunday school.
- He was apprenticed to a bookbinder at the age of 14.
- He attended several lectures by the chemist Humphry Davy, and in 1813, Davy hired him as an assistant.
- He made many important discoveries in the field of electromagnetism, including the principles of electromagnetic induction and diamagnetism.
- He invented the first electric motor and the first electric generator.
- He also made significant contributions to the fields of chemistry and optics.
- He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1824.
- He was appointed Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution in 1833.
- He died in London on August 25, 1867.
Here are some additional things that homeschool students might be interested to know about Michael Faraday:
- He was a devout Christian and believed that science was a way to understand God’s creation.
- He was a popular lecturer and his Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution were attended by thousands of people.
- He was a generous and humble man who refused to patent his inventions.
- He is considered one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century and his work laid the foundation for modern electronics and telecommunications.
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