Gowin Knight, English physicist, 1751.

Wilson, B

Gowin Knight, English physicist, 1751.
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Etching by B Wilson. Gowin Knight (1713-1772) was a scientist who wrote on magnetism and produced an improved compas which was adopted by the Royal Navy in 1752. He was also the first principal librarian of the British Museum from 1756.

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