This is my blog on the famous English scientist John Dalton, and his achievements.
John Dalton was born in Eaglesfield, England on September 6, 1766. Dalton was born into a poor quaker family but still managed to get a good education from his father. When a local teacher died John Dalton took his place, at the age of 13. His teaching job was not succesful at all and after two years he started to farm. As Dalton farmed he received breif instructions on mathmatics from a distant relative. In 1781 Dalton gave up on farm work and became an assitant at his cousins school, in 1785 his cousin retired from teaching and Dalton and his brother ran the school. After teaching for 12 years he started to think about taking up law or medicene, but he did not have much incouragment from his relatives. In the spring of 1793 he moved to Manchester to be tought by a blind philosopher, this is where Dalton got much of his scientific knowledge. Thats when Dalton was appointed the teacher of mathmatics and natural philosophy at the New College in Moselesy street. While Dalton stayed at Kendal he started to keep a Meteorological diary. Dalton then wrote a book about Meteorological observations. Even though this book contained many new discoveries it did not sell well. After this Dalton began to study the facts relating to colors and Daltonism or colour blindness. Dalton studied this by comparing what he saw to what others saw and then wrote these observations down in his journal. Then Dalton went on to write many papers on diverse topics, such as the orgin of springs, the color of the sky, and steam. After Dalton's paper on steam he did many other papers on gasses and states of matter. This got him thinking and eventually led to his most famous theory, which was his Atomic Theory. I will go into detail about his atomic theory later in my blog. After Dalton wrote his atomic theory he had it published in the third edition of the System of Chemistry, a book written by Dr. Thomson. As an investigator Dalton was happy to have rough and inaccurate instruments even though other more accurate instruments were readily available. Dalton was described as a very coarse experimentor. Dalton died in Manchester in 1844 after paralysis.