Joseph Henry Appointed Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Albany Academy




Date: April 28, 1826


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Due to a sudden resignation at Albany Academy, and through the influence of the school's principal and his mentor T. Romeyn Beck, Joseph Henry was offered and accepted a professorship in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. He would begin at the commencement of the following school year in September 1826. He had previously studied there from 1819 to 1822, and teaches there until he is offered a position at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), in 1832. In 1846, Henry would become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Beck, Theodric Romeyn 1791-1855
  • Albany Academy


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Image of the Albany Academy in Albany, New York. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 96-4474.
  • Reingold, Nathan, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Albany Years, December 1797 - October 1832, vol. 1. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972, pp. 129-33.
  • Moyer, Albert. Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997, pp. 39-60.

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April 28, 1826


  • Education
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics


  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • United States

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