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John Dalton (1766–1844) by Thomas Phillips, 1835 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dalton, John (1766–1844), chemist and natural philosopher, was born (by his own account) on 6 September 1766 at Eaglesfield, near Cockermouth in Cumberland, second of the four children and second son of Joseph Dalton, a weaver, and Deborah Greenup. His parents had married in 1755; both were members of the ...