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IET Archives: Michael Faraday

Sepia drawing of Michael Faraday as a young man 1852.  ‘Faraday’ is a name of great significance in the IET.  His statue stands outside Savoy Place, the London home of the IET, and his name is given to a major resource aimed at getting young people into science and engineering.  We also hold an important collection of his personal papers in the IET Archives.  But why is Michael Faraday so important to the IET? After all he died in 1867, four years before the Institution was formed.

In essence, his work on the fundamentals of physics and electricity and his untiring efforts to promote science in society have ensured his legacy to the history of science and technology and relates to the IET's mission to inspire, inform and influence today.

The Michael Faraday collections have been used in a variety of ways by researchers. For example the Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage correspondence to Michael Faraday have been used in the Ada Lovelace exhibition at the Science Museum, London, to show her relationship with Babbage and her work in science and mathematics. The complete collection of Faraday correspondence has been amalgamated, transcribed and published by Professor Frank James at the Royal Institution. Academics have used his Common Place notebooks for an insight into his study of oratory and his investigation of an American child prodigy.

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