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William Gilbert

English physician, physicist and natural philosopher

1544   -   1603

country of citizenship: Kingdom of England, United Kingdom
language of expression: Latin
educated at: St John's College
occupation: philosopher, physician, engineer, physicist, astronomer

William Gilbert (; 24 May 1544 – 30 November 1603), also known as Gilberd, was an English physician, physicist and natural philosopher. He passionately rejected both the prevailing Aristotelian philosophy and the Scholastic method of university teaching. He is remembered today largely for his book De Magnete (1600), and is credited as one of the originators of the term "electricity". He is regarded by some as the father of electrical engineering or electricity and magnetism.A unit of magnetomotive force, also known as magnetic potential, was named the Gilbert in his honour.
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