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Michael Faraday, FRS (September 22, 179122 September 1791
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24 Elul 5870 AM) was an important English chemist and physicist who was devout in his beliefs as a Christian. He was self-taught while working in a bookstore, and began his work as a scientist almost fortuitously after seeing a lecture by the famous English scientists, Humphry Davy. Soon afterwards Faraday became Davy's apprentice, then was later appointed to be a Chemical Assistant at the Royal Institution. Although he is known mostly for his work in physics, Faraday discovered how to liquefy chlorine, and he discovered benzene.
He discovered many properties of electromagnetism including electro-magnetic induction, electro-magnetic rotations, diamagnetism, and the magneto-optical effect. Two scientific laws are named after him, known as Faraday's Law of Induction, and Faraday's Law of Electrolysis. He also discovered the foundations of the electrical generator, motor, and transformer. Once he performed a risky experiment with himself as a subject. He built a twelve foot square metallic cage that generated static electricity, and to prove that an electric field on a conducting surface is only on the exterior, he stepped inside and was uninjured. Faraday set himself on being an excellent lecturer and his demonstrations awed all who attended. Another achievement that gives Faraday scientific recognition is that he is the only scientist who has two internationally used units of measurement named after him, the faraday, which is a unit of electrical quantity, and the farad, which is a unit of capacitance.
Michael Faraday’s parents were Christians who raised him in the Biblical faith, which continued to be very important to him throughout his adult life. Faraday was a committed Christian and controversy over evolution was not mentioned because The Origin of Species wasn't published until Faraday was sixty-nine. Faraday was strongly involved with the Sandemanian Church, which followed the teachings of Robert Sandeman, a Protestant nonconformist. He was an elder at the church for quite some time. Michael Faraday loved God and His creation, and his observations and experiments will not be forgotten in the scientific world.
|“||Michael Faraday: "Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties. I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day."||”|
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