Sir William Robert Grove(1811-1896), Natural philosopher and judge
Sitter in 11 portraits
William Grove was called to the Bar in 1835 and began working as a barrister. After his marriage in 1837, he embarked on an extended tour of Europe, during which time he pursued his scientific interests. He published a paper on a new type of electric battery construction that, on Faraday's insistance, he presented at the Royal Institution in 1840. This presentation secured his respected reputation, leading him to become the first Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the London Institution in 1841. Grove was appointed vice-president of the Royal Institution in 1844. His scientific career led to the practice of patent and other law after 1853, and he was appointed to the court of common pleas in 1871.
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