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A scientist and natural philosopher, Dalton is credited as the inventor of nuclear theory. His research on the behaviour of gases under heat and pressure led him to conclude that matter is made up of atoms. The son of a weaver, he was one of a circle of intellectuals and scientists in Manchester in the early nineteenth century. His publications include A New System of Chemical Philosophy (1808–1810).
oil on canvas
91.4 x 71.4 cm