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|Scottish inventor, James Watt, was born in Greenock, Scotland. He invented the steam engine.
|French mathematician, Charles Augustin de Coulomb, was born in Angouleme. He was one of the leading scientists in the field of electricity and electromagnetism. The unit of electrical charge, the coulomb, is named after him.
|German physicist, Gabriel Fahrenheit, died at the age of 50. The Fahrenheit scale of temperature was named after him and was used around the world long before the Celsius scale. Currently the USA and Jamaica use the Fahrenheit scale.
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