Scientists have a hunger to try new things. There was nothing but death that stood in Michael Faraday’s way to reach his goal. His discoveries about electricity, magnetism, and chemistry showed the world a determined work ethic and a reputation to look up to.
Michael Faraday’s first recorded experiment was the construction of a Voltaic Pile, the first electrical battery that could continuously provide an electrical current to a circuit. With this, he decomposed Sulphate of Magnesia. After Danish physicist and chemist Hans Ørsted discovered Electromagnetism, Sir Humphrey Davy and William Wollaston tried and failed to make an Electric Motor. However, with the help of the two men, Michael Faraday built two devices to produce what he called “Electromagnetic Rotation”. He used electromagnetic rotation to cause movement of a conductor across a magnetic field.
After being a bookbinder’s partner, Faraday became Davy’s assistant. He was deeply immersed in the study of chlorine and discovered two new compounds of both chlorine and carbon. Inspired by John Dalton, he conducted the first Diffusion of Gases. Later, Faraday invented an early version of a Bunsen Burner, used in science laboratories all around the world as a source of heat that was easily accessible.
Starting as a poor, bookbinder’s assistant, this seriously driven young man became a successful scientist. He chose to work hard and be optimistic when things went wrong. His first job led him to his future career through determination. Because he had a very focused work ethic, his curiosity in science took him on a path he never would have guessed.