Michael Faraday

English scientist, 1791-1867

Although Faraday received little formal education, he was one of the most influential scientists in history. It was by his research on the magnetic field around a conductor carrying a direct current that Faraday established the basis for the concept of the electromagnetic field in physics. Faraday also established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that there was an underlying relationship between the two phenomena. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology.


Faraday, Michael

Naturforscher (1791-1867). Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("M. Faraday"). London. 8.3.1861. 8vo. 2 1/2 pp. Doppelblatt.
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Langer, inhaltsreicher und unveröffentlichter Brief an den Berliner Physiker und Geologen Georg Adolf Erman (1806-77): „[…] I received your letter some days ago, and though I am in the unfortunate condition of not even reading German, yes I remember in a considerable degree your papers in the […] by the […] in part or altogether which appeared either in the English or French Journals at the time. My memory has for many years been so intractable that it has prevented me from learning your language when I geban to do so I was unable to […] I instantly lost all I had for the moment acquired - so that though sum have the vollumas of the Annalen which you refer to under my […] I suppose you allude to my experiments & views in respect of regulation or the adhesion of [?] I really have nothing more to say on the matter as yet than what was read to our ‘royal lovely’ [?] and inserted in the Annalen not long ago.

But whenever anything new and real turns up I shall have great pleasure in sending written accounts of it to you. However, I do not expect much for I cannot work as I send to do and…. Look on and see others work. […]“.

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Faraday, Michael

Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("M. Faraday").
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To his friend Edward Magrath concerning an invitation of the librarian and antiquary William Upcott: "We are going to Upcott tomorrow evening. [...] Upcott in his note to us saying that he will be at home, tells us to put you in our pockets. This we can't do because of our round about way to his place but 8 o clk is the hour and we hope to meet you upon there [...]". - A charming unpublished letter that gives insight to Michael Faradays circle of friends. In 1824 Faraday was among the founding members of the Athenaeum Club and served as its first secretary. Because of his numerous obligations he resigned from the post later that year. His friend Edward Magrath suceeded him as secretary and retained the position until 1855. - William Upcott, who created an important collection of autographs, books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, was the librarian of the London Institution, where Michael Faraday gave lectures on chemistry. - Paper slightly smudged, with one clear cut on the second page (no text contact) and collector's marks in pencil (recto).