According to the BBC, Michael Faraday educated himself by reading scientific texts during his teenage years before attending a few lectures at the Royal Institution. He only received a basic formal education as a child, most likely due to his family's lack of wealth.
Michael Faraday was born on Sept. 22, 1791. By 1813, he had been appointed as a chemical assistant at the Royal Institution. In 1821, Faraday published his work on electromagnetic rotation. Despite his lack of a formal education, Faraday became an important academic figure and established a reputation as a leading scientific lecturer. In 1831, Faraday made his famous discovery of electromagnetic induction, paving the way for the transformation of electricity from a scientific curiosity to a practical technology.Learn More
The person to officially rename the Byzantine capital "Istanbul" was the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II, who completed the final siege of the city. "Istanbul" is the way the Ottoman Turks pronounced Constantinople.Full Answer >
The greatest achievement of Nicolas Copernicus was the publication of his book, "De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium" (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres) just before he died in 1543. This major event in the history of science began the Copernican Revolution and fueled the scientific revolution, according to About.com.Full Answer >
In Vladimir Lenin's government in the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky first played the role of Commissar for Foreign Affairs and then the leader of the Red Army. In the Bolshevik government, he was second only to Lenin and seemed destined to succeed him until Joseph Stalin outmaneuvered him politically and banished him from the Soviet Union.Full Answer >
The stethoscope was invented in 1816 by physician Rene Theophile Hyacynthe Laennec and was named by combining two Greek words: "stethos," meaning "chest," and "skopein," meaning "observe." The invention of the stethoscope created a solution to medical exam limitations, personal hygiene issues, and social awkwardness between the patient and doctor.Full Answer >