Joseph Henry Builds an Institution

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Summary

Written by Smithsonian Institution Editor, Paul H. Oehser, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian. Details Henry's education; research on electricity, electromagnetism, and the constitution of matter; his vision for the Smithsonian; establishment of a publications program; decision to transfer the Library to the Library of Congress, and role in the development of the United States National Museum, Meteorology Project, international publication exchange program, and a popular lecture series.

Author

Oehser, Paul H

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States National Museum
  • Meteorological Project

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Reprinted in Paul H. Oehser, Sons of Science, 1949.

Contained within

Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences Vol. 37, 11 (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

November 15, 1947

Topic

  • Secretaries
  • Physics
  • SI, Early History
  • Museums
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Biography
  • Museum publications

Physical description

pp. 377-392

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