It is fitting that this issue of the IBM Journal of Research and Development, devoted to electrochemical science and technology in IBM, was planned in 1991, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Michael Faraday. Faraday was a seminal figure in what has developed into several separate disciplines in physics and chemistry, and he received numerous tributes in the respective journals of these disciplines during his bicentennial year. Electrochemistry, perhaps more than any other science, can trace its origins directly to Faraday. He established many of its basic laws and originated nomenclature that is still used. Moreover, Faraday showed that research done with the goal of satisfying intellectual curiosity can have great practical benefits.
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