Michael Faraday

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Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Acclaimed English chemist and perhaps the greatest experimental physicist ever, Faraday was the first to isolate benzene and synthesize chlorocarbons. His master work was in the field of electricity. Over the course of four decades, Faraday published papers detailing his work on electromagnetic induction, electrolysis, and the ability of magnetism to rotate polarized light, among other discoveries. Interestingly, Faraday was known for taking on no students, working only with an assistant.