Biography

Joseph Henry (1797–1878) was the most noted scientist in the United States when he was selected to serve as the first Secretary, or chief executive officer, of the new Smithsonian Institution in 1846. This site will provide an overview of his life and accomplishments.

Joseph Henry's Life

Joseph Henry Portrait

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Namesakes

Joseph Henry Medal, by Joseph Henry Papers Project, 1879, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2012-2866 or SA-11 or 10704.

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Career as Teacher

Albany Academy Where Joseph Henry Taught, by Unknown, Unknown, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 96-4474.

Henry was a noted and beloved teacher at the Albany Institute and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).More