The Work of Joseph Henry in Relation to Applied Science and Engineering

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This article is the text of a lecture the author delivered before the Philosophical Society of Washington. Kennelly lauds the accomplishments of founding Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry as a scientific pioneer in not only the basic research for which he is known, but in applied science as well. It is noted that since Henry never filed an application for a patent of invention, he was not technically an inventor, but through his research and experiments he developed applications for his discoveries. Henry's work in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering as well as in acoustics, illumination, and meteorology is outlined and then described in detail. The author makes reference to a number of papers Henry published on his scientific findings.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Philosophical Society of Washington


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Science Vol. 76, No. 1957 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 1, 1932


  • Engineering
  • American science
  • History of Technology
  • Secretaries
  • Science
  • Scientists
  • History
  • Experiments
  • Physics
  • Science--Experiments
  • Science--History


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pp. 1-7

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