Michael Faraday

His early life

Michael Faraday was born on 22 September 1791 in south London. He came from a poor family, therefore didn't receive formal education. He educated himself at the age of 14 as was apprenticed to a local bookbinder. In 1812 Faraday attended attended a lecture by the chemist Humphrey Davy. Faraday wrote Davy asking for a job assisting him but was turned down. He was however appointed to the job of chemical assistant in 1813 at the Royal Institution.
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His Discovery

Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction the principle behind the electric transformer and generator in 1831.This discovery was an important incredibly important. His discovery introduced the real power of electricity. Through out his life he worked on developing his ideas about electricity. 'Elctrode', 'cathode' and 'ion', words known in the scientific world were contributed by Faraday as well.

His remaining years.

By the 1840s, Faraday's health began to progressively get worse, causing his research to cease.He died on 25 August 1867 at Hampton Court, where he had been given official lodgings in recognition of his contribution to science. His name was also contributed to 'farad', originally describing a unit of electrical charge but later a unit of electrical capacitance.