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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Famous Polish (Related) People: Fahrenheit

Dearest sweethearts,

#DidYouKnow that Fahrenheit, the Pioneer of exact thermometry, was born in Danzig/Gdansk? It was a predominantly German speaking city, located in the Pomeranian Voivodship of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He lived most of his life in the Dutch Republic (1701-1736) and is noted as one of the most important representatives in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology.
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit is noted down in history as German - born on the 24th of May 1686 & dies this very day, 16 September 1736. He was a physicist, an inventor and a scientific instrument maker. Fahrenheit later the foundations for the era of precision thermometry by inventing the mercury in glass thermometer. To this day I remember my granny and mum taking my temperature with a mercury thermometer. They were fragile and you had to shake them well after you used them, so the temperature would drop again. Nowdays you have the touchless ones or the battery enabled ones, that beep once they are done controlling the temperature. Anyway... Fahrenheit was also the one who invented the Fahrenheit scale (still widely used over the ocean) - first standardized temperature scale to be widely used.

P.S. it's not safe to use mercury, so if you still have a mercury in glass thermometer be careful! Don't drop it and if it breaks, don't touch it with bare hands! Fahrenheit died from mercury poisoning.

Yours sincerely,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves Polish History