Joseph Henry Begins Preparation of His Syllabus of Lectures on Physics

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Summary

Joseph Henry (1797-1878), physicist and professor at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), begins compiling his Syllabus of Lectures on Physics. Part I, "Somatology," is printed in 1844. Henry worked on Part II, "Mechanics," in 1844 and 1845. Henry would become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian in 1846.

Subject

Henry, Joseph 1797-1878

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • A revised version of a portion of the syllabus appears in the Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for 1856 (Washington, D.C.: 1857), pp. 187-220, and can be found at http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/8907031.
  • Nathan Reingold, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Princeton Years, January 1841 - December 1843, vol. 5. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 449.
  • Marc Rothenberg, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Princeton Years, January 1844 - December 1846, vol. 6. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, p. xvi.
  • Moyer, Albert. Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997, pp. 182-86.

Contact information

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

Date

1843

Topic

  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Publications
  • Education
  • College teaching
  • Mechanics
  • Educators
  • Physics
  • Teachers
  • Education, Higher

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