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Who is this Well-known American Physicist?


He was born 200 years ago on December 17, 1797, in Albany, N.Y.

Our bi-centurion:
  • studied meteorology at the Albany Academy
  • established a national system of observation stations across the U.S.
  • persuaded Congress to establish a Department of Meteorology

However, he is most remembered for his discoveries in magnetism.

He was:
  • Professor of Natural Philosophy at the College of New Jersey (now know as Princeton University)
  • elected as the First Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, President of the AAAS, the National Academy of Sciences and the Philosophical Society of Washington, D.C., among other positions

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