Joseph Henry Elected Professor of Natural Philosophy at Princeton




Date: September 26, 1832


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Joseph Henry is appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy at The College of New Jersey, later Princeton University. In 1846, Henry would become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Princeton University


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Image is of Joseph Henry's first lecture at the College of New Jersey, 1832, Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number SIA2012-3188. For the entire document, see SIA2012-3188 through SIA2012-3192.
  • Reingold, Nathan, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Albany Years, December 1797 - October 1832, vol. 1. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972, p. 458

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September 26, 1832


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  • United States
  • Princeton (N.J.)

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