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    John Canton (1718 - 1772, British) , Natural Philosopher, Natural philosopher
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    Profile view of two artificial magnets: one block magnet with a hook attached and one larger magnet comprising several bars of steel and iron. Together and partly obscured by their brass carrying sheath.

    Written about at length in 'VI. A method of making artificial magnets without the use of natural ones; communicated to the Royal Society by John Canton, M. A. & F. R. S. To which is prefixed the President's report', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 47 (1752). Provides instructions on how to build the same magnets in order that others might reproduce his results.

    John Canton (cap.1718-1722) British experimental philosopher and schoolmaster was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1750. In 1751 he was awarded the Copley Medal for his 'curious method' of artifical magnet making.
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