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Faraday's Connexion with Switzerland and Swiss Industrial and Economic Development

Nature volume 128, pages 349351 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



IT was through being assistant to Sir Humphry Davy that Faraday came into contact with the Swiss savants, and most particularly, at Geneva, with Gaspard de la Rive, then professor of chemistry in the Academy of that town, and with his son Auguste de la Rive, the great physicist, well known for his treatise on theoretical and applied electricity, his theory of the Volta cell, and his discovery of electro gold-plating, etc.

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    died at Geneva on May 29, 1829. He was buried on June 1 in the Protestant Cemetery at Plainpalais; the Conseil d'État granted a concession for 99 years, which was renewed a few years ago at the instance of the Faculty of Science of the University. In gratitude, widow left to the Academy a sum to found a prize for the encouragement of scientific research.

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    We take these details from an account of Sir Humphry Davy by the late , of the University of Geneva.

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    This correspondence contains about ten letters to Gaspard de la Rive (between 1818 and 1832) and about twenty-five letters to Auguste de la Rive (between 1840 and 1861).

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    A kilowatt-hour corresponds to the energy developed by a machine of 1.36 horse power in an hour.

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  1. Honorary Professor of Physics in the University of Geneva.*

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