Paper: An Introduction to the Life of John Dalton

Dalton was the first person to develop a scientific atom theory, the ancient Greeks had ideas about the atom but could not prove it scientifically. Antoine Lavoisier and Dalton are responsible for the discovery of 90 natural elements. Dalton also explained the variations of water vapor in the atmosphere, the base of meteorology. Daltons atomic theory says that each element contained its own number of atoms. Each element had its own size and weight. Daltons idea said that all things are made of small bits of matter this bits of matter where too small to be seen even with a microscope. Scientist began to think these small bits of matter where responsible for chemical changes. They thought that when these bits of matter combined a chemical change took place. Dalton assumed that there was a special pattern in the elements and was partly responsible for the periodic table. Dalton in 1787 started to keep a journal. In Daltons journal he wrote about more than two hundred thousand observations. In 1793 he wrote a book about Meteorological observations. Dalton went to Paris in 1822 to discuss his theories with the other men of science in that time period. He also attended meetings in York, Oxford, Dublin, and Bristol, Dalton was often a guest speaker. But other than that Dalton spent most of his time in a laboratory testing atomic theories. John Dalton lived until July twenty seventh, 1844 when he died. In memory of the English chemist, physicist and teacher a statue was erected in his memory out side of his home in Manchester, but most other of Daltons collected relics were lost in World War II. John Dalton was a very important figure in study of atoms and meteorology. Works Cited “My Brother John". (online) available http://encarta.msn.com/encarta/MediaMax.asp? 2=2&br=0&pg=3&tiz=02DFD000&med=1&idx=40584 “Dalton, John". Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 7 :pg:11....