Henry Cavendish

Henry Cavendish (1731-1810), the reclusive aristocrat and devoted scientist, was once described by Jean-Baptiste Biot as "the wisest of the rich and the richest of the wise" (quoted in Jungnickel and McCormmach 1999, 1). Cavendish was a grandson of William Cavendish, the Second Duke of Devonshire, and Rachel Russell; his mother was Anne de Grey, daughter of Henry de Grey, Duke of Kent. See Jungnickel and McCormmach 1999, 736-737, for the Cavendish and Grey family trees.

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Henry Cavendish, "Theory of Boiling" [undated manuscript], in The Scientific Papers of the Honourable Henry Cavendish, F.R.S. , Vol. 2, Chemical and Dynamical, ed. by Sir Edward Thorpe, F.R.S. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1921), p. 359.

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