John Dalton 's Atomic Theory

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John Dalton

Lived 1766 – 1844.
John Dalton’s Atomic Theory laid the foundations of modern chemistry.

John Dalton’s Early Life and Education

John Dalton was born on September 6, 1766, in Eaglesfield, England.

His father was a weaver, who owned a house and a small amount of land. Both of his parents were Quakers.

Although Quakers were Christians, they were seen as dissenters by the established Church of England. As a result of this, John Dalton’s higher educational opportunities were restricted to dissenting places of education.

John Dalton was an intelligent child, who took an interest in the world around him and tried to learn as much as he could about everything.

He attended his village school until he was 11, and then began helping as a teacher.

At age 15, he started helping his older brother John to run a Quaker boarding-school in the town of Kendal, 40 miles from his home. All the while, he continued teaching himself science, mathematics, Latin, Greek and French. By the time he was 19, he had become the school’s principal, continuing in this role until he was 26 years old.

It seems that the school’s students liked Dalton teaching them, one of them recalling:

“The boys (were) all glad to be taught by John Dalton, because he had a gentler disposition; and besides his mind was so occupied with mathematics, that their faults escaped his notice.”

Becoming a Scientist

In the first half of 1793, aged 26, Dalton took the position of teacher of…
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