Sunday 5 March 2017

Sergeant Charles Anderson - Michael Faraday's Indefatigable Assistant

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Sergeant Anderson in the Basement Laboratory 1852, Harriet Jane Moore 

Lecture and Laboratory Assistant 1832-1866 at the Royal Institution.

"Charles Anderson served for twenty-two years in the Royal Artillery, rising to be sergeant. He came to the Royal Institution to work with Michael Faraday in 1827 on the Royal Society / Board of Longitude project to improve optical glass. When that work came to an end in 1830, Faraday employed him personally until he was appointed to the Royal Institution. He remained there for the rest of his career assisting Faraday in his laboratory researches and lecturers in the theatre." Source - Royal Institution

from Michael Faraday
by John Hall Gladstone, 1871

 from The Life and Letters of Faraday, by Bence Jones, 1870

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