Henry Cavendish

Henry Cavendish will have-a-dish of hydrogen.

Greatest Accomplishments

  • discovered hydrogen
  • great accuracy and precision in all of his research
  • his calculations of the density, or weight, of the Earth


Born: October 10, 1731
Birthplace: Nice, France

Died: February 24, 1810
Location of death: Clapham, England
Remains: Buried, Derby Cathedral, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Chemist, Physicist

Nationality: England

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Quote about Cavendish

Cavendish was a great Man with extraordinary singularities... Was enormously rich but made no use of his wealth...He was acute sagacious & profound & I think the most accomplished British Philosopher of his time.

— Sire Humphry Davy