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 Scientific Colleagues Gallery

Joseph Henry (1797-1878), a physicist and the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was one of the foremost scientists in 19th century American science.  Henry was part of the "Scientific Lazzaroni" or beggers, who advocated for increased funding for American science.  Meet some Henry’s most important colleagues from his teacher, Amos Eaton, fellow scientist Alexander Dallas Bache, to protégé Alexander Graham Bell.