Michael Faraday: Electrifying Discoveries
Michael Faraday was born in 17911, into a family of lowly occupation. His father was a blacksmith which did not set him up in the world for great success.
At the young age of fourteen, he was apprenticed to a bookseller and binder. Being surrounded by books only propelled his interest in science. He devoured all the scientific books in the shop he could get his hands on.
Because of his vast interest in science, he applied to Sir Humphrey Davy for a job in 18122. Sir Davy accepted his application and Faraday began working as his assistant.
It was not long however, until Faraday began doing research of his own. In 1820, he submitted two different papers, both on chemistry to the Royal Society3. It was whilst conducting research on currents that Faraday demonstrated how to liquefy chlorine4. Experiments he conducted in the field of chemistry brought him to the top of the heap, scientifically.
His work brought him to the attention of the Royal Society and he was elected a member in 18245, where he was later made the director of the laboratory. During the years 1831-1855, he presented 30 papers before the Royal Society. These were later assembled into a three volume set ‘Experimental Researches in Electricity.’
Faraday was a committed Christian, and his faith shaped his scientific work. In speaking of God’s hand in nature he said “the Creator governs his material works by definite laws resulting from the forces impressed on matter.6”
Some of his discoveries include: Benzene (1825), two laws of electrolysis (1834), Faraday effect (1846), gravity (1849-1850)7, among many others. There are several scientific laws named for him or his work8.
Proverbs 22:29 reminds me of the humble beginnings of Faraday, and how, through diligence and dedication to his faith and work, he rose to prominence and is known as one of the most famous scientists in history.
“Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.”
His brilliant mind and diligence allowed him to make discoveries that electrified the scientific world.
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