Canton, John

Canton, John

(kăn`tən), 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 FranklinFranklin, Benjamin,
1706–90, American statesman, printer, scientist, and writer, b. Boston. The only American of the colonial period to earn a European reputation as a natural philosopher, he is best remembered in the United States as a patriot and diplomat.
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'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.