50 Facts About Michael Faraday

Last updated on April 1st, 2023

41. The “father of nuclear physics,” Earnest Rutherford, similarly sang high praises for Faraday’s impressive accomplishments. He was quoted as saying that the “magnitude and extent of his discoveries,” in addition to the ways they helped science and industry evolve is so great that there is no honor that would be too much to pay to Faraday, “one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time.”

42. Faraday and his family finally moved in to the Faraday House on Hampton Court Road in 1858. This was 10 years after it was gifted to them.

43. He and his wife never had any children.

44. Faraday remained in the house until he passed away on August 25 of 1867.

45. He is often referred to as the “father of electricity,” although this name is also used to describe Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

46. The farad, or symbol F, is the unit of electrical capacitance and was named in honor of Faraday.

20 British Pound banknotes in 1991.
20 British Pound banknotes in 1991.

47. On June 5, 1991, the Bank of England revealed the new £20 bill with Faraday’s picture on the front, in honor of his role in advancing British science. He is now part of a famous group of people who were honored on their own notes, including William Shakespeare and Isaac Newton.

48. Although the image was changed 10 years later, the Bank of England estimated that roughly 120 million bills with Faraday’s image were circulating.

49. In 2002, the British Broadcasting Corporation revealed its list of the 100 Greatest Britons, which ranked Faraday at number 22.

Faraday flashlight
Faraday flashlight

50. Using Faraday’s work as the foundation, the Faraday flashlight was created. This flashlight is intended for emergencies and does not need batteries. When shaken or cranked, depending on the model, a magnet moves through a wire coil and generates an electrical current that gets stored in a capacitor and sends light to the bulb.

Michael Faraday – Quick facts

Born22 September 1791, Newington Butts, London, United Kingdom
Died25 August 1867, Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, United Kingdom
ParentsJames Faraday, Margaret Hastwell
SpouseSarah Barnard (m. 1821–1867)
MedalsCopley Medal (1832 and 1838)

1832 - for his discovery of Magneto-Electricity as detailed in his Experimental Researches in Electricity, published in the Philosophical Transactions for the present year.

and 1838 - for his researches in specific electrical induction.