The Simultaneous Discovery of Electro-Magnetic Induction by Michael Faraday and Joseph Henry

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This article discusses the work of American physicist Joseph Henry, who would become the Smithsonian's first Secretary in 1846, and British physicist Michael Faraday. Both men independently discovered the process of electrical induction in 1832.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Faraday, Michael 1791-1867


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Cited in Nathan Reingold, ed., The Papers of Joseph Henry, vol. 2, p. 318. ("On the possible influence of Hare's theory on Henry's method of winding the magnetic core with tight helices to maximize surface contact, see...")

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Bulletin de la societe des amis d'Andre-Marie Ampere Vol. 22 Issue 18 (Journal)

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  • Science
  • Electromagnets
  • Scientists
  • History
  • Experiments
  • Physics
  • Discoveries in science
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Physics--Experiments
  • Science--History

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