Prophet of the Wilderness


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Shipwreck and arrest were early setbacks, but neither slowed the rise of scientist and inventor, Abraham Gesner. He possessed a curious mind and a dynamic speaking style, enlivened by the fact-finding travels throughout the Maritime provinces and beyond. Of his innovative experiments, the most famous led to the refining method of a new fuel named kerosene.

This biography depicts a man far ahead of his time, as interested in social problems, such as lighting cities at night and establishing decent immigrant settlements, as he was in advancing science and industry.