• I was born in Cumbria, England, in 1766.
  • I grew up in a poor Quaker family and began work as a teacher and tutor aged twelve.
  • Despite never receiving formal university instruction, I engaged in advanced scientific research. My interests included meteorology, colour blindness and gasses.
  • I am best remembered for my pioneering study in atomic theory. Works such as A New System of Chemical Philosophy (1808) were hugely influential in the development of ideas concerning the atom.
  • By the end of my life, my reputation was so great that unusually a statue was erected to me before I died.

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