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Bronze Bust of Michael Faraday
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Bronze Bust of Michael Faraday

Late 19th century



Patinated bronze on inscribed green serpentine marble base. Signed WBF to the reverse.

Michael Faraday, F.R.S. (1791-1867), the physicist and chemist, and former assistant to Humphry Davy whose work on electricity provided the foundation of modern electrical applications. Ernest Rutherford lauded him as one of the greatest of all experimental scientists of all time. Having performed various services for British government, he refused to advise on the development of chemical weapons for use in the Crimean War (1854-1855), citing ethical reasons. Faraday was a devout Christian, and belonged to the cranky Sandemanian offshoot of the Church of Scotland.