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How Michael Faraday changed the world

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How Michael Faraday Changed the World.

Michael Faraday was born on 22nd September 1791 to a poor family of a Blacksmith, in South London, and died on 25th August 1857 aged 75 in Hampton Court, London.

He was a chemist and physicist who worked with electromagnetism.

He invented the electric motor in 1821 which used electrical energy to create mechanical energy. It consisted of a hanging wire dipping into a pool of mercury with a magnet in the centre of the pool. Once a current passed through the wire it rotated round the magnet, creating a magnetic field around the wire.

The electric motor turned out to be one of the most useful inventions made. It is now used for many things in household use such as fans, fan-forced ovens, washing machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and even pool pumps. Other uses are record players, DVD and CD players, printers, computer equipment and disk drives.

He also invented the electric generator which did the opposite to an electric motor, changing mechanical energy into electrical energy and the electric transformer on 29th August 1831. He discovered many things

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