Michael Faraday, his life and work, online exhibition

An online exhibition looking at the life and work of Michael Faraday with particular emphasis on his work as a lecturer, his travels in Europe, his correspondence with artists and his interest in photography.

In 1831 Michael Faraday made one of his greatest discoveries- electromagnetic induction. Further experiments led to the discovery of magneto-electric induction. These discoveries were so important in the theoretical understanding of electricity and magnetism. To find out more about Faraday's experimental work please see the Michael Faraday biography. This online exhibition takes a more personal view and looks at his life, influences and relationships with other professionals.

Detail from a photograph of Michael Faraday seated portrait with wife Sarah

The IET Archives holds one of the most extensive collections of Faraday manuscript material. Please see the Michael Faraday Research Guide for more information on the collections.

  • Michael Faraday- Introduction: find out who Michael Faraday was and why is he so important?
  • Faraday the lecturer: As a self-educated man, Faraday felt very strongly about informing the general public of new scientific discoveries.
  • Detail from a letter from Harriet Moore to Faraday referring to his visit to Norwood. Watercolour drawing of house and grounds
    Faraday's travels in Europe: From October 1813 to April 1815 Faraday travelled in Europe as Sir Humphry Davy's assistant to meet scientists and conduct experiments.
  • Faraday and the artists: In the 1850s, Faraday was consulted on a range of questions concerning the care of works of art.
  • Faraday and photography: As a chemist, Faraday was interested in the new art of photography and corresponded with scientists on the subject.
Detail from frontispiece from Faraday's Chemical History of a Candle published in 1920

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