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p. 252. A career in sciencelocked

p. 252. A career in sciencelocked

  • Frank A. J. L. James


Faraday's decision to pursue a career in science was unusual at this period. His attendance at the public lectures of John Tatum was his entry to a world of scientists and it was through Tatum he was introduced to William Dance who gave him tickets to the lectures of Sir Humphry Davy at the Royal Institution. He later wrote to Davy and so impressed was Davy by Faraday's notes of his lectures that ultimately he was employed by the Royal Institution as Davy's assistant. Later Faraday was elected to membership of the Royal Institution despite the opposition of his mentor Davy, by now President of the Royal Institution.

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