Michael Faraday Correspondence - Volume one

1811-1831, letters 1-524

Volume 1

This volume, in which just under 60% of the letters were previously unpublished, traces Faraday's early life from near the end of his apprenticeship as a bookbinder in 1812 to 1831, the year he discovered electro-magnetic induction. It deals with his appointment as Chemical Assistant in the Royal Institution, his Continental tour with Humphry Davy, his membership of the City Philosophical Society, his learning science, his election to the Royal Society and his rise within the Royal Institution to being Superintendent of the House and Director of the Laboratory in which capacity he helped to establish the Friday Evening Discourses. Scientific work includes his discovery of electro-magnetic rotations and induction and the liquefaction of chlorine gas as well as a vast amount of professional consultancy work including the project to improve optical glass at the end of the 1820s. 

Major corespondents in this volume include the friends of his youth, Benjamin Abbott, Richard Phillips, and Edward Magrath, the chemist Humphry Davy who employed Faraday at the Royal Institution, the French physicists AM Ampère and JNP Hachette, the engineers Mark Isambard and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Swiss chemist Charles-Gaspard De La Rive, the Governor of the Royal Military Academy Percy Drummond, the polymathic John Herschel and, of course, his future wife, Sarah Barnard whom he married in 1821.