Essay about Faraday's Law

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Micheal Faraday: Father of modern Electricity

Faraday was born on September 22, 1791, in Newington (today’s South London), England. His father, James Faraday, was a blacksmith of slender income and challenged health who, with his wife, Margaret, managed to raise a tight-knit family of three children. Faraday's father was of the Sandemanian faith, which Faraday was to adopt as a guiding force throughout his life.
When Faraday turned 14, he was apprenticed to a book binder, and during this time, familiarized himself with the teachings of Isaac Watts, a cleric from the previous century. It was Watts's work, The Improvement of the Mind, that put Faraday on the road to self-improvement. In 1810, Faraday began attending meetings of the then
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Faraday investigated the properties of various steel alloys, and, while he did not produce anything of commercial interest at the time, pointed the way to later developments in the field.
In 1820, Faraday made one of his first important discoveries. He synthesized for the first time compounds of carbon and chlorine by substituting chlorine for hydrogen in ethylene. He then took up the investigation of the relationship between electricity and magnetism, and in 1821, produced the world's first electric motor, albeit a primitive one. That same year, he married Sarah Barnard, who is said to have been introduced to him by one of his contacts at the City Philosophical Society.
Soon after his marriage, friction began to develop between himself and Davy. Davy claimed that Faraday failed to cite the contributions of other scientists in papers that he wrote. Faraday, on the other hand, was convinced that his work was not dependent on the prior accomplishments of others to the extent that they needed to be cited.
In 1823, Faraday managed to liquify chlorine. Hearing of the result, Davy used the same method to liquify another gas. This apparently was another cause of friction between the two men, which some commentators have ascribed to jealousy on the part of Davy. Others, such as Faraday’s friend and fellow scientist John Tyndall, insist that jealousy played no part in the controversy. It was over Davy's objection, however, that in

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