Biographical Memoir of Joseph Henry

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A memoir of the first Smithsonian Secretary, physicist Joseph Henry, written by the Harvard botanist, Asa Gray, at the request of the Board of Regents. Traces his youth, education, career in physics, and years at Princeton University and the Smithsonian. Includes a sequence of discovery and invention resulting in the Electro-magnetic Telegraph, a letter from Henry to S. B. Dod on his research, and a list of Henry's scientific papers.


  • Gray, Asa 1810-1888
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Dod, S. Bayard (Samuel Bayard) 1839-1907
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Princeton University


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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1878 (Book)

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  • Telegraph
  • Secretaries
  • SI, Early History
  • Museums
  • Physics
  • Bibliography
  • Biography
  • Museum publications

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pp. 143-177

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