William Godwin's Diary


Godwin’s friend William Nicholson (1753-1815), a chemist and inventor, gave a series of public lectures in 1799 on natural philosophy and chemistry. Nicholson was a chemist and inventor who at this time edited a Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts and ran a mathematics school in Soho. Six months later he was to discover electrolysis by splitting water into its constituent gases with the surgeon Anthony Carlisle, another friend of Godwin’s.

See DNB.