The history of science and technology includes a remarkable number of well-known persons who were sustained in their scientific activity through their Quaker convictions. Among them:
- John Dalton of atomic theory fame;
- Abraham Darby of Coalbrookdale, England, who produced coke from coal for use in iron production, and thus ushered in the industrial revolution;
- Arthur Eddington, who confirmed Einstein's prediction that light travels on a curved path around the sun; and
- crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale, who demonstrated that benzene was a flat regular hexagon, and went to prison in London for her religious opposition to participation in war.
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