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Fahrenheit, Gabriel Daniel [Astro*Index]

(/ˈfærənhaɪt/;) German

24 May 1686 – 16 September 1736)

A physicist, inventor, and scientific instrument maker. Fahrenheit was born in Danzig (Gdańsk - Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth), he later moved to the Dutch Republic at age 15, where he spent the rest of his life and was one of the notable figures in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. A pioneer of exact thermometry, he helped lay the foundations for the era of precision thermometry by inventing the mercury-in-glass thermometer and Fahrenheit scale (freezing-to-boiling interval of 180 degrees,) which placed the freezing point of water at 32°, and its boiling point at 210°. From the early 1710s until the beginnings of the electronic era, mercury-in-glass thermometers were among the most reliable and accurate thermometers ever invented.

See also:
♦ Temperature ♦ Celsius, Anders ♦ Kelvin, 1st Baron


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