Tiberius Cavallo F.R.S.
London ca. !800
Proof Stipple Engraving
200 x 120 mm
Tiberius Cavallo (also Tiberio) (March 30 1749 – December 21 1809) was an Italian physicist and natural philosopher.He was born at Naples, where his father was a physician.
In 1771 he came to England with the intention of pursuing a mercantile career, but he soon turned his attention to scientific work. He made several ingenious improvements in scientific instruments. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1779, and gave annual Bakerian Lectures from 1780 to 1792. Cavallo was often cited in the literature of his time as inventor of Cavallo’s multiplier, a device he used for the amplification of small electric charges, making them observable and measurable in an electroscope. He also worked on refrigeration and his work influenced pioneer balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard. He published on musical temperament.
He died in London on 21 December 1809.