John Dalton (1766-1844) was born in a Quaker family and was a practicing Quaker all his life, during a time when Quakers were all known as orthodox and pious Bible-believing Christians. Throughout his life, he was known as a godly man, of very simple tastes and life-style. In science, he is best recognized today as the father of modern atomic theory, which revolutionized the study of chemistry. His first love, however was meteorology, and he formulated the well- known gas law of partial pressures. He was also the first to recognize and describe the phenomenon of color-blindness, a condition also known ever since as Daltonism. Dalton was one of the founders of the British Association for Advancement of Science, in 1831. One year later he was awarded a doctorate by Oxford University.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission. RETURN TO LIST OF DECEASED INDUCTEES.