Joseph Henry: America's premier physics teacher

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This article describes some of the scientific experiments of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian, and his role as a scientist. The article also explores Henry's work as an educator, including his contributions to physics teaching both at the precollege and college levels.


Henry, Joseph 1797-1878


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The Physics Teacher 16 (Journal)

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  • Education
  • Secretaries
  • Study and teaching
  • Physics


United States

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Number of pages: 10; Page numbers: 348-357

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