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Michael Faraday

Featured Accomplishment: Discovery of electromagnetic induction
English physicist and chemist
Born: September 22, 1791 Newington, Surrey, England
Died: August 25, 1867 Hampton Court, Surrey, England
   Michael Faraday was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electro-chemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. He is responsible for proposing the existence of lines of force as the essence of a field. This revolutionized the way forces were thought of in physics.

   Besides his discoveries in the field of electrodynamics, Faraday also invented the electric motor using a magnet and a rotating wire. He created the first generator. He discovered two chlorides of carbon and discovered benzene and the law of electrolysis. Although Faraday received little formal education, he was one of the most influential scientists in history. The unit of capacitance, the Farad, is named in his honour.