1805 - indentured for seven years to Riebau as an apprentice bookbinder. 1813 - became laboratory assistant at the Royal Institution. 1821 - discovered electromagnetic rotations. 1825 - discovered a new compound of hydrogen and carbon which he named bicarburet of hydrogen later renamed benzine. 1826 - establiashed the Christmas lectures for children at the Royal Institution. 1829 - secured the professorship of chemistry at the Royal Military Academy. 1831 - discovered electromagnetic induction. 1836 - built what is now known as the ‘Faraday cage’. 1842 - accepted membership of the Prussian order of merit. 1855 - accepted membership of the French Légion d'honneur. 1866 - received the Albert medal from the Society of Arts.