Charles Anderson (1790-1866)

Lecture and Laboratory Assistant 1832-1866

  • Painting of Charles Anderson by Harriet Jane Moore

    Painting by Harriet Jane Moore

  • Charles Anderson

    Carte de visite photo of Charles Anderson

    Credit: Royal Institution


Ri positions

  • Lecture and Laboratory Assistant 1832-1866

Charles Anderson served for twenty-two years in the Royal Artillery, rising to be sergeant. He came to the Royal Institution to work with Michael Faraday in 1827 on the Royal Society / Board of Longitude project to improve optical glass. When that work came to an end in 1830, Faraday employed him personally until he was appointed to the Royal Institution. He remained there for the rest of his career assisting Faraday in his laboratory researches and lecturers in the theatre.

Further reading

Faraday to South, 3 February 1865, Henry Bence Jones, The Life and Letters of Faraday, (1st ed., 2 volumes, London, 1870), 2: 475-6.