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English Henry CAVENDISH

British natural philosopher, scientist, noted for his discovery of hydrogen

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on October 10, 1731 in Nice, France
Died: on February 24, 1810 in London, England


Henry Cavendish was born in Nice, France, where his family was living at the time. His mother was Lady Anne Grey, fourth daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent and his father was Lord Charles Cavendish, third son of William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire. The family traces its lineage across eight centuries to Norman times and was closely connected to many aristocratic families of Great Britain. His mother died in 1733, three months after the birth of her second son, Frederick, and shortly before Henry’s second birthday, leaving Lord Charles Cavendish to bring up his two sons. At age 11, Henry attended Hackney Academy, a private school near London, and at age 18 (on 24 November 1748) he entered the University of Cambridge in St Peter's College, now known as Peterhouse, but left three years later on 23 February 1751 without taking a degree (a common practice). He then lived with his father in London, where he soon had his own laboratory.

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