Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist

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A biography of the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Henry (1797-1878). Focuses on Henry's early years, career as a physicist and professor at the College of New Jersey, and his contributions to our understanding of electromagnetic induction.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Albany Academy
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)


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