Joseph Henry's Albany Magnet with its Battery and Apparatus for Measuring its Strength

ID: MAH-46797F or 46,797-F

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Drawing

Date: 1831

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-006

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Drawing of Joseph Henry's Albany magnet with its battery and apparatus for measuring its strength. 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.


Henry, Joseph 1797-1878


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From Silliman's American Journal of Science 19 (January 1831): 408.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-006

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


  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • United States


  • Drawing
  • Negative
  • Scientific illustration

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MAH-46797F or 46,797-F

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Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 5w x 7h ; Type of Image: Drawing ; Medium: Negative

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