May 24, 1686 - Birth of Daniel Fahrenheit, designed the famous scale and invented the mercury thermometer

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

He was a glass blower in Amsterdam, he developed precision instruments creating the water (1709) and mercury (1714) thermometers.

In 1717, he published "Acta Editorum" in which he proposed a new thermometric scale that bore his name. It was designed using a mixture of water and ammonium chloride salt in equal parts as a reference. The freezing value of that mixture he called 0°F (degrees Fahrenheit), his body temperature 96°F, and the freezing temperature of water without salts, 32°F. In particular, 212°F corresponds to 100°C, so the relationship between them is:

Ecuación Fahrenheit-Celsius

The Fahrenheit scale allows greater precision than the centigrade (later designed by Anders Celsius) when defining a specific temperature.

This scale is the most widely used in the United States and until very recently in the United Kingdom (which currently uses the metric system).

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