Richard Lovett

(1692—1780) writer on electricity

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Richard Lovett was born at Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire and died probably at Worcester. He became lay clerk at Worcester Cathedral in 1722, a post he was to hold for the rest of his long life. His interest in natural philosophy was stimulated by reading the experiments of Desaguliers and, more particularly, by early reports of the phenomena of the Leyden Jar. The study of electricity, he felt, would provide the key to understanding Nature, and would enable natural philosophers to complete the great programme left unfinished by Newton. It would also lead to practical benefits, particularly in medicine: Lovett advertised himself, in 1758, as able to effect electrical cures, e.g. of sore throats.


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