John Dalton

Chemist, physicist, meteorologist, but British

Background Information

John Dalton was born into an English Quaker family in 1766. He started his career as a teacher at the "New College" of Manchester. He got into the field of science through his mentor Elihu Robinson, a meteorologist and instrument maker.

Experimental design

Even though more precise instruments were available to him, he preferred to use less accurate ones. He was described as "a very course experimenter" who used his head rather than the tools available to him. He did not write much about his experiments due to the fact that he had been misled by the written works of so many others.