John Dalton and His Work

John Dalton and His Work

John Dalton was born in 1766 in Eaglesfield in Cumberland, England where his father was a smallholder and weaver; like Faraday he had a mother who was an exceptionally intelligent woman. Dalton’s first regular job was that of village schoolmaster and his first scientific interest was in meteorology; he was to remain a teacher and […]

John Dalton and Rutherford

John Dalton and Rutherford

John Dalton was born more than two hundred years ago near Cockermouth in Cumberland. His origins were humble, and his education informal. All his life he remained the quiet, modest Quaker, and just as his work displays the force and originality of mind that enabled him to educate himself, so also it shows the weaknesses […]

John Dalton’s Early Years

John Dalton’s Early Years

The Daltons may be traced back in west Cumberland at least to the late sixteenth century. From that time the family seems to have owned and farmed a small amount of land. However, John Dalton’s father Joseph himself a younger son had no holding until his elder brother died without issue in 1786. The property […]