Michael Faraday has been a hero of mine since childhood. In fourth grade I briefly kept his portrait in a locket I wore around my neck. Faraday is one of greatest experimentalists in the history of science, through his efforts electricity became a viable technology. Faraday was born in Newington Butts, near present-day Elephant and Castle, London. His family was poor and he had to educate himself, but he soon showed a talent for chemistry and physics that confounded educated scientists. Among many, many, other discoveries and inventions, Faraday constructed the first electric dynamo.
Fascinated with candles, he gave a successful series of lectures on the chemistry and physics of flames at the Royal Institution, entitled The Chemical History of a Candle. This lecture was the origin of the Christmas lectures for young people that are still given there every year, now known as the Faraday lectures.
He is famous for saying "nothing is too wonderful to be true."