Chemistry Paper:

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I have decided to write my paper on the English chemist John Dalton (1766-1844). Dalton is most famous for providing the beginnings of the development of a scientific atomic theory, thus facilitating the development of chemistry as a separate science, which is mainly why I chose him, because without his contributions who know if we would even have chemistry. His contributions to physics, particularly to meteorology, were also significant. John Dalton was an English chemist, meteorologist and physicist. He is best known for his pioneering work in the development of modern atomic theory, and his research into color blindness (Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2010). Dalton and his family lived in a small country house. His family had been Quakers since 1690’s, Quakers where members of a society of friends. John had a brother named Charles and a sister named Mary (Gale, 2005-2006). When Dalton was born his brother was twelve years old and his sister was two years old, but Dalton's birth was not recorded. Therefore, when he got older he asked one of his relatives and discovered when his birthday was (Gale, 2005-2006). His parents were honest people and good workers. His dad Joseph had land he had inherited and this was where Dalton and his brother Charles helped out with the crops. His mother Deborah Greenup homespun textile Dalton's sister helped her too (Kjelle and Whiting, pg 108). He attended John Fletcher’s Quaker grammar school in Eaglesfield (Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2010). When John was only 12 years old, Fletcher turned the school over to John’s older brother. This is how John first got into teaching because Charles called upon Dalton (the younger brother) to assist him with teaching (Gale, 2005-2006). Two years later the brothers purchased a school in Kendal, where they taught approximately 60 students, some of them boarders. As a teacher, Dalton drew upon

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