Ten fun facts about John Dalton
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He is best known for his pioneering work in the development of modern atomic theory, and his research into color blindness (sometimes referred to as Daltonism, in his honor).
Dalton's first publication was Meteorological Observations and Essays (1793), which contained the seeds of several of his later discoveries.
Dalton’s early life was highly influenced by a prominent Eaglesfield Quaker named Elihu Robinson, a competent meteorologist and instrument maker, who got him interested in problems of mathematics and meteorology.
During his years in Kendal, Dalton contributed solutions of problems and questions on various subjects to the Gentlemen's and Ladies' Diaries.Fact 5
James Prescott Joule was a famous pupil of Dalton.Fact 6
Dalton never married and had only a few close friends, all in all as a Quaker he lived a modest and unassuming life.Fact 7
The name Dalton can often be heard in the halls of many Quaker schools.Fact 8
In 1787, he began to keep a meteorological diary in which, during the succeeding 57 years, he entered more than 200,000 observations.Fact 9
He also rediscovered George Hadley’s theory of atmospheric circulation (now known as the Hadley cell) around this time.Fact 10
A second work by Dalton, Elements of English Grammar, was published in 1801. Click here for more people facts ❯
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