Joseph Henry Presents Contributions V: On Induction from Ordinary Electricity; and on the Oscillatory Discharge

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Summary

Joseph Henry (1797-1878), physicist and professor at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), delivers his premier theoretical paper on electrodynamic induction, marking the completion of research he had begun in April 1838. The fifth in a series of papers on electricity and magnetism for the American Philosophical Society, it was never published in full. A summary appears in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 2, pp. 193-96. In 1846, Joseph Henry would become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • American Philosophical Society

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Contributions V appears at http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/9077469. The experiments leading up to this paper are described in Volumes 4 and 5 of the Papers of Joseph Henry.
  • Moyer, Albert. Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997, pp. 169-73.
  • Reingold, Nathan, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Princeton Years, January 1838 - December 1840, vol. 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979, 460 (index entry).
  • Reingold, Nathan, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Princeton Years, January 1841 - December 1843, vol. 5. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, xviii-xxvi, 488 (index entry).
  • "Contributions to Electricity and Magnetism. No. V. On Induction from Ordinary Electricity; and on the Oscillatory Discharge." Scientific Writings of Joseph Henry. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Vol. 30. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1887, pp. 200-03.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

June 17, 1842

Topic

  • Magnetic induction
  • Electricity
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Science
  • Electromagnets
  • Magnetism
  • Physics
  • Electromagnetism

Place

United States

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