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Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

Inventor and Physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

Profession: Inventor and Physicist

Why Famous: Best known as the inventor of the mercury-in-glass thermometer, which was the first accurate and usable thermometer, and of the Fahrenheit scale, which was the first temperature scale widely adopted and standardized. Only a few countries still use the Fahrenheit measure, most prominently the United States.

Born: May 24, 1686
Birthplace: Danzig, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: September 16, 1736 (aged 50)

Historical Events

  • 1724-01-01 Glassblower Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit proposes system for making thermometers and the Fahrenheit temperature scale in a paper to the Royal Society of London and is elected a fellow on its basis