Monday, October 1, 2012

John Dalton

We are now studying chemistry in school and insistently I am also studying it in another science course that I am doing.

Today, while doing a bit of home work for mom in addition to my own work, I stumbled across a man by the name of John Dalton.

Now if you look up John Dalton on any public, non Christian, you will probably not hear that he was a Quaker who strongly believed in the Bible. Most people skip over that part -forgetting why most scientists became scientists in the first place! -All to study the workings of GOD's creation.

He was born in Eaglesfield, North West England, on September sixth 1766 as a Quaker.

His family was very poor, but John was still able to attended a little village school. 

At ten (The year that the Declaration of Independence was being signed in America.) John was showing great advancement in arithmetic and easily solving problems.

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At age twelve, John opened his own village school (Talk about over achiever!) and taught for two years.

While other kids enjoyed playing with kites or swimming, John enjoyed doing science experiments. His favorite thing to study was meteorology and he would often collect air samples to study. -I mean, try convincing a twelve year old boy to go out and collect a few air samples and this kid does it for fun! And then -if that wasn't fun enough-, he went home and would play around with a few homemade thermometers, barometers, and hygrometers. (Now that's fun right there!)

However his studies of air and water led to him making some very important discoveries of some scientific principles. 

His most famous discover was of the atomic theory of matter. For this discovery john was given a place in the Royal Society of England, the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester, and the French Academy of Sciences.

And still, to this day, we still use his theory as a vital part of our modern chemistry.

So maybe playing around with air samples, graduating at age ten, and starting your own school at twelve isn't so bad. (Unless you're really smart and enjoy playing with thermometers and air samples, this is not recommend at home for twelve year old boys, -especially on their own.)

On July twentieth seventh 1844, John Dalton died in Manchester England, at the ripe old age of seventy seven. To this day, John Dalton, is honored with a statute in Manchester Town Hall.

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