Canton, John

Canton, John

Canton, John (kănˈtən), 1718–72, English physicist. He is known for his research in magnetism and in electricity, especially his experiments in electrostatic induction. Canton was the first in England to verify Benjamin Franklin's conclusions about lightning. He invented an electroscope and an electrometer and demonstrated the compressibility of water.
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Born in Canton, John joined the Navy at the first opportunity as a teenager and was assigned to the 33rd battalion of the Royal Marines.