Electromagnetic Engines: Pre-technology and Development Immediately Following Faraday's Discovery of Electromagnetic Rotations

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This article on the early history of electromagnetic research discusses Joseph Henry's development of the first reciprocating motor in 1831. Discussion of Henry's work and an illustration of his device appear on pages 55 to 59. Henry would become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian in 1846.


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


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History of Technology 13 (Journal)

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  • Electric apparatus and appliances
  • Electricity
  • Electromagnets
  • Motors
  • Electromagnet
  • Electromagnetism


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Number of pages: 32; Page numbers: 41-72

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