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Published on Aug 13, 2013
Born into a poor family and lacking education, Michael Faraday rose to become the most popular lecturer in England in the 19th century and renowned for his ability to present chemistry in visual, rather than mathematical, ways. He is most famous for his contributions to the understanding of electricity and electrochemistry. In this work he was driven by his belief in the uniformity of nature and the interconvertibility of various forces, which he conceived early on as fields of force.
Gary Patterson of Carnegie Mellon University hosts this episode of Profiles in Chemistry.