English dyer and the boy scientist pdf who was the first to systematically experiment with electrical conduction. He also first made the distinction between conduction and insulation, and discovered the action-at-a-distance phenomenon of electrostatic induction.
His interests lay with natural science and particularly with astronomy, and he managed to educate himself in these developing disciplines, mainly through wealthy friends in the district who gave him access to their libraries and scientific instruments. Science was very much a rich-man’s hobby at this time. Some of his reports were published by the Royal Society through the agency of a friend Henry Hunt who was a member of the Society’s secretarial staff. English Astronomer Royal, who was building the new observatory at Greenwich.
Flamsteed was attempting to construct a detailed and accurate star-map of the heavens, in the hope that this would eventually solve the problem of longitude determination for ocean navigators. Gray and Flamsteed became constant correspondents and friends, and this seems to have created problems for Gray in being accepted formally into the world of science. Sir Isaac Newton over access to preliminary star-chart data.