Joseph Henry's Albany Magnet

ID: MAH-39040 or 39,040

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Object

Date: c. 1820s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-006

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Summary

Joseph Henry's Albany magnet. Henry, who would later become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was the first to construct an electromagnet formed by tightly wrapping multiple coils of an insulated conducting wire around an iron bar.

Subject

Henry, Joseph 1797-1878

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Image copied from old photograph, N.M.A.H. Cat. No. 181,451c.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-006

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1820s

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Inventions
  • Science
  • Electromagnets
  • Magnets
  • Electromagnetism

Place

  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • United States

Form/Genre

  • Object
  • Negative

ID Number

MAH-39040 or 39,040

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6.5w x 8.5h ; Type of Image: Object ; Medium: Negative

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