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Gabriel Fahrenheit

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, also called Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (May 24, 1686 - September 16, 1736), is the physicist for whom the Fahrenheit scale of temperature is named.

He was born in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland). Upon the early death of his parents he had to take up business training. However, his interest in natural sciences caused him to take up studies and experimentation in that field. Fahrenheit's studies brought him to Amsterdam, where he gave lectures in chemistry. In 1724 he became a member of the Royal Society.

He developed precise thermometers. The Fahrenheit scale was widely used in Europe until a switch to the centigrade or Celsius scale. It is still used by the general population for everyday temperature measurement in the United States.

When he first made the thermoneter,he used alcohol instead of mercury.Then later on he started to use mercury which gave him more of a result then the alcohol.



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