Fahrenheit, Gabriel Daniel (1686-1736), a German physicist. In 1714, he devised the Fahrenheit scale for measuring temperature and originated the use of mercury instead of alcohol in thermometers. He is also credited with discovering that a liquid's boiling point changes with the atmospheric pressure. Fahrenheit was born in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland). He lived in Holland and England for many years, working as an instrument maker. Fahrenheit was elected to England's Royal Society in 1724.
He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died. He has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize, although he was awarded a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” What else do you know (or not know) about this acclaimed physicist?
He's ventured to the abyss of black holes, wagered on the information paradox and floated around in zero gravity. Meet the man, the legend, the super scientist: Stephen Hawking.