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Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit, Gabriel Daniel, was born at Dantzic in 1686. He devoted himself to physical researches, and by substituting mercury for spirit in the thermometer, as well as by basing a new scale upon carefully conducted experiments, he rendered a great service to science. Fahrenheit was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1724, and his scale has generally been adopted in England. His death took place in 1736.