A Scientist in American Life: Essays and Lectures of Joseph Henry

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This is a collection of essays by the Smithsonian's first Secretary, Joseph Henry (1797-1878). They address a range of topics related to scientific research and practice as well as Henry's views on the mission of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Priestly, Joseph
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Metropolitan Mechanics' Institute
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Contains On Theory and Practice (1832); Review of the "Report of the Committee on Naval Affairs. . ." (1838); Geology and Revelation (ca. 1849); Thoughts on Architecture (ca. 1849); Address to the American Association for the Advancement of Science on the Crystal Palace Exhibition (ca. 1851); Closing Address before the Metropolitan Mechanics' Institute (1853); The Philosophy of Education (1854); The Philosophy of Inductive Science (1866); On the Importance of the Cultivation of Science (1873); Remarks at the Laying of the Cornerstone of the American Museum of Natural History (1874); Remarks at the Grave of Joseph Priestly (1874); and Presidential Address to the National Academy of Sciences (1876). Includes a foreword and a brief introduction.

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  • Philosophy of Science
  • Architecture
  • Geology
  • Education
  • Secretaries
  • Religion
  • SI, Early History
  • Museums
  • Crystal Palace Exhibition
  • Philosophy
  • Bibliography
  • Museum publications

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