Ten fun facts about Henry Cavendish


Fact 1
He did not name hydrogen, but he discovered it in 1766 as 'inflammable air'.

Fact 2
He conducted the first experiment to measure the force of gravity titled the Cavendish experiment.

Fact 3
Although he attended the University of Cambridge, now called Peterhouse, he did not receive his degree.


Fact 4
It is said he may have either had Asperger syndrome or just a fear of people.

Fact 5
He had a lot of unpublished work that he was never credited for, such as Ohm's law and Charles's law of gases.

Fact 6
When Cavendish died in 1810, he was considered one of the wealthiest men in Britain.

Fact 7
His work helped others discover the values of gravity and the mass of the Earth.

Fact 8
Cavendish was a member of the Royal Society of London and received the Copley medal from them.

Fact 9
In 1773, he became a trustee to the British Museum alongside his father.

Fact 10
He is given credit for experimenting and recognizing hydrogen even though it has been previously discovered by others.


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A British scientist and natural philosopher.

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