Joseph Henry A Life in Science

Learn about the scientific research of Joseph Henry (1797–1878), first Smithsonian Secretary and renowned physicist, and how he helped set the Institution on its course.

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Henry's Science Gallery

Joseph Henry (1797-1878), a physicist and the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, was a pioneer in the fields of electricity and electromagnetism, and stimulated work in anthropology, aeronautics, meteorology, the telegraph and the telephone. View images from Henry's research career, from his personal Record of Experiments and images of apparatus he pioneered.