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Henry Cavendish
b.10 Oct 1731
d.24 Feb 1810
m. 9 Jan 1727
  1. Henry Cavendish1731 - 1810
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Name Henry Cavendish
Gender Male
Birth[1] 10 Oct 1731
Death[1] 24 Feb 1810
Reference Number? Q131733?


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Henry Cavendish FRS (; 10 October 1731 – 24 February 1810) was an English natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist. He is noted for his discovery of hydrogen, which he termed "inflammable air". He described the density of inflammable air, which formed water on combustion, in a 1766 paper, On Factitious Airs. Antoine Lavoisier later reproduced Cavendish's experiment and gave the element its name.

A notoriously shy man (it has been postulated that he had what is now called childhood autism in the ICD-10), Cavendish was nonetheless distinguished for great accuracy and precision in his researches into the composition of atmospheric air, the properties of different gases, the synthesis of water, the law governing electrical attraction and repulsion, a mechanical theory of heat, and calculations of the density (and hence the mass) of the Earth. His experiment to measure the density of the Earth has come to be known as the Cavendish experiment.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Henry Cavendish, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.