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Michael Faraday

Scientist and Inventor Michael Faraday

Profession: Scientist and Inventor

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British

Why Famous: Michael Faraday is often called the father of electrical engineering. His most famous achievement was the discovery of electromagnetic induction in 1831, creating an electrical current from a charging magnetic field. He went on to invent the first electric motor, the first electrical transformer, the first electric generator and the first dynamo, paving the way for the use of electricity on a large scale.

Faraday rose from humble origins and got his big break when he convinced the eminent chemist Humphry Davy to hire him as an assistant at the Royal Institution. Faraday's other achievements include the discovery of Benzene and the influence of light on a magnetic field 'the Faraday effect'.

Born: September 22, 1791
Birthplace: Newington Butts, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: August 25, 1867 (aged 75)

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  • 1831-08-29 Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer
  • 1831-10-28 Michael Faraday demonstrates his dynamo invention, an electrical generator
  • 1845-09-13 English chemist Michael Faraday discovers the 'Faraday effect', the influence of a magnetic field on polarized light