See also:English natural philosopher, was
See also:born at
See also:Gloucestershire, on the 31st of
See also:July 1718 . At the age of nineteen, he was articled for five years as clerk to the
See also:master of a school in Spital Square,
See also:London, with whom at the end of that
See also:time he entered into
See also:partnership . In 1750 he read a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets, which procured him election as a
See also:fellow of the society and the award of the
See also:Copley medal . He was the first in England to verify Benjamin
See also:Franklin's hypothesis of the identity of
See also:lightning and
See also:electricity, and he made several import-
See also:ant electrical discoveries . In 1762 and 1764 he published experiments in refutation of the decision of the Florentine Academy, at that time generally accepted, that
See also:water is incompressible; and in 1768 he described the preparation, by calcining
See also:shell with
See also:sulphur, of the phosphorescent material known as
See also:Canton's phosphorus . His investigations were carried on without any intermission of his
See also:work as a schoolmaster . He died in London on the 22nd of
See also:March 1772 .
CANTON (more correctly KWANG-CHOW Fu)
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