Today in Physicist History

Historical Events

  • 1803-10-23 English physicist John Dalton reads his essay on the absorption of gases by water and presents a series of atomic weights for 21 simple and compound elements at a meeting of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
  • 1820-09-25 French Physicist Francois Arago announces electromagnetism in his discovery that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell could laterally attract iron filings to itself

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1895-11-08 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen

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1926-01-27 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his theory of wave mechanics and presents what becomes known as the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger

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1932-12-05 German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1934-07-04 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb.
  • 1935-11-29 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his famous thought experiment 'Schrödinger's cat', a paradox that illustrates the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics
  • 1936-12-10 Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry
  • 1940-07-15 Physicist Donald Kerst becomes the first person to accelerate electrons using electromagnetic induction, reaching energies of 2.3 MeV, when his betatron device (for particle acceleration) becomes operational
  • 1941-07-09 Dutch-American Physicist Abraham Pais is awarded his Ph.D. in Holland five days before a Nazi deadline banning Jews from receiving degrees
  • 1945-01-15 The Manhattan Project's G-5 Group, headed by Physicist's Donald Kerst and Seth Neddermeyer, take their first betatron pictures of a nuclear implosion at the Los Alamos Laboratory

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1945-07-26 Physicist Raemer Schreiber and Lieutenant Colonel Peer de Silva depart Kirtland Army Air Field to transport the plutonium core for the Fat Man bomb (bombing of Nagasaki) to the island of Tinian where the bomb is assembled

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1945-07-28 Physicist Raemer Schreiber and Lieutenant Colonel Peer de Silva arrive on the Pacific island of Tinian with the plutonium core used to assemble the Fat Man bomb used in the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Physicist
Raemer Schreiber
  • 1946-05-21 Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos

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1989-02-22 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • 1994-04-26 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
  • 2012-12-11 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world
  • 2015-08-24 Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • 2016-02-11 Discover of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 403

  • 1544-05-24 William Gilbert, Essex England, physicist (researcher into magnetism)

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1564-02-15 Galileo Galilei, Pisa Italy, astronomer/physicist

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1567-01-04 Franciscus Aguilon, physicist/mathematician/jesuit/architect
  • 1571-01-21 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam)
  • 1608-10-15 Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (d. 1647)
  • 1618-04-02 Francesco M Grimaldi, mathematician/physicist (light defraction)

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1623-06-19 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France (d. 1662)

Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • 1625-08-13 Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1698)
  • 1627-01-25 Robert Boyle, Ireld, physicist/chemist/author (experiments with color)

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1642-12-25 Isaac Newton, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England, physicist, mathematician; astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), (d. 1727)

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1647-08-22 Denis Papin, French physicist (Papiniaanse pot, steam machine)
  • 1653-03-25 Joseph Sauveur, French physicist/mathematician
  • 1655-09-19 Jan Luyts, Netherlands, scholar/physicist/mathematician/astronomer
  • 1663-08-31 Guillaume Amontons, French physicist
  • 1688-09-26 Willem J 's-Gravesande, Dutch physicist
  • 1692-03-14 Peter Musschenbroek, Dutch physician/physicist (Leyden jar)
  • 1700-11-19 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot and physicist (d. 1770)
  • 1704-10-09 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician (d. 1777)
  • 1711-07-22 Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (d. 1753)
  • 1711-08-05 Johan Lulofs, Dutch physicist/philosopher/astronomer
  • 1716-10-03 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (d. 1781)
  • 1718-07-31 John Canton, English physicist (d. 1772)
  • 1724-12-13 Aepinus, [Franz UT Hoch], German physician/physicist
  • 1728-04-16 Joseph Zwart, Scottish chemist/physicist
  • 1731-10-10 Henry Cavendish, England, physicist/chemist (discovered hydrogen)
  • 1732-09-06 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (d. 1796)
  • 1733-05-04 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (d. 1799)
  • 1736-06-14 Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, physicist (formulated Coulomb's Law)
  • 1737-09-07 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist/physicist
  • 1740-02-17 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
  • 1742-07-01 Georg C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer (types of Lichtenberg)

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1745-02-18 Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st battery, born in Como, Italy (d. 1827)

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta
  • 1749-03-23 Pierre-Simon Laplace, mathematician/astronomer/physicist
  • 1750-03-20 Martinus van Marum, Dutch chemist/physicist (Homo Diluvii Testus)
  • 1753-03-26 Benjamin Thompson, physicist (Royal Inst of Great Britain, Woburn MA)
  • 1753-04-28 Franz K Achard, German physicist
  • 1754-03-23 Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
  • 1756-11-30 Ernst Chladni, German physicist (d. 1827)
  • 1761-12-11 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (d. 1835)
  • 1762-04-10 Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (d. 1834)
  • 1766-09-06 John Dalton, English physicist, developed atomic theory of matter
  • 1770-04-09 Thomas Johann Seebeck, German physicist (d. 1831)
  • 1770-10-22 Thomas Seebeck, Baltic German physicist (d. 1831)
  • 1771-06-03 Charles Bernard Desormes, Dijon, French Physicist and Chemist who determined the ratio of the specific heats of gases as well as the exact composition of carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide
  • 1774-04-21 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer (balloonist)
  • 1775-01-20 André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (d. 1836)
  • 1775-07-23 Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (d. 1812)
  • 1776-12-16 Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist (d. 1810)
  • 1777-03-31 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (d. 1859)

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1777-08-14 Hans Christian Oersted, Danish physicist and chemist (View of Chemical Law), born in Rudkøbing, Denmark (d. 1851)

Physicist/Chemist Hans Oersted
Physicist/Chemist
Hans Oersted
  • 1778-12-06 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)
  • 1781-06-21 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1840)
  • 1781-12-11 David Brewster, Scotland, physicist/inventor (kaleidoscope)
  • 1785-02-12 Pierre Louis Dulong, French physicist (d. 1838)
  • 1785-02-22 Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, Ham, French Physicist (Peltier effect 1834)
  • 1786-02-28 D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist/politician
  • 1786-03-25 Giovanni B Amia, Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist
  • 1787-03-06 Joseph von Fraunhofer, Germany, physicist (studied Sun's spectrum)
  • 1787-03-16 Georg Simon Ohm, Erlangen, Brandenburg-Bayreuth, German physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
  • 1787-03-17 George Simon Ohm, physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
  • 1788-03-07 Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist (d. 1878)
  • 1788-05-10 Augustin-Jean Fresnel, optics pioneer/physicist
  • 1791-06-30 Félix Savart, French surgeon/physicist (law of Biot & Savart)
  • 1792-04-23 John Thomas Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist (d. 1882)
  • 1794-03-05 Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer
  • 1796-12-29 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (d. 1877)
  • 1798-04-11 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (d. 1854)
  • 1798-09-11 Franz E Neumann, German mineralogist/mathematician/physicist
  • 1799-02-26 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (d. 1864)
  • 1800-01-11 Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (d. 1895)
  • 1801-04-19 Gustav T Fechner, [Dr Mises], German philosopher/physicist
  • 1801-06-16 Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (d. 1868)
  • 1801-10-14 Joseph AF Plateau, Belgium, physicist (blinded-stared at Sun 25 secs)
  • 1802-02-06 Charles Wheatstone, English physicist/musician [or Feb 7]
  • 1803-10-06 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (d. 1879)

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1803-11-29 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist (Doppler effect), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1853)

  • 1804-02-12 Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)
  • 1804-10-24 Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist (d. 1891)
  • 1810-07-21 Henri V Regnault, French physicist/chemist
  • 1811-06-21 Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist (d. 1868)
  • 1811-07-11 William Robert Grove, Swansea, Welsh Physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell
  • 1813-12-19 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), born in Belfast (d. 1885)
  • 1814-08-13 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (d. 1874)
  • 1814-11-25 Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (d. 1878)
  • 1818-12-24 James Prescott Joule, physicist (discovered conservation of energy)
  • 1819-08-13 George Gabriel Stokes, physicist/mathematician (spectroscope)
  • 1819-09-17 Leon Foucault, French physicist (pendulum proved Earth rotates), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1819-09-23 Hippolyte Fizeau, French physicist (d. 1896)
  • 1820-03-24 A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (d. 1891)
  • 1820-07-05 William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish engineer and physicist (d. 1872)
  • 1820-08-02 John Tyndall, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow Ireland, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect
  • 1822-01-02 Rudolph J E Clausius, Germany, physicist (thermodynamics)
  • 1824-03-12 Gustav R Kirchoff, Prussia, physicist (spectral analysis)
  • 1824-06-26 Kelvin, [William Thomson], British physicist (Kelvin Scale)
  • 1824-12-17 John Kerr, System physicist (electro-visually Kerr-effect)
  • 1826-02-15 George J Stoney, Irish physicist
  • 1830-05-10 Francois M Raoult, French physicist/chemist (law of Raoult)
  • 1830-11-03 Jacob M van Bemmelen, Dutch physicist/chemist
  • 1831-06-13 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (electromagnetic theory, speed of light)
  • 1831-09-13 Andrew Noble, Greenock, Scottish Physicist who was a founder of the science of ballistics

Famous Weddings


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1794-09-22 Physicist Alessandro Volta (49) weds Teresa Peregrini

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta

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1865-09-27 Physicist Johannes van der Waals (27) weds Anna Magdalena Smit (18)

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals

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1872-01-19 Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (26) weds Anna Bertha Ludwig in Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen

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1890-01-02 Physicist J. J. Thomson (33) weds Rose Elisabeth Paget

Physicist J. J. Thomson
Physicist
J. J. Thomson

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1895-07-26 Physicist and chemist Marie Curie (27) weds physicist Pierre Curie (36) in Sceaux, France

Physicist Marie Curie
Physicist
Marie Curie

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1902-04-10 Physicist Robert A. Millikan (34) weds Greta Blanchard

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1912-08-01 Physicist Niels Bohr (26) weds Margrethe Norlund at a civil ceremony in Slagelse, Denmark

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr

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1920-04-06 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger (32) weds Annemarie Bertel

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger

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1925-08-11 Physicist James Chadwick (33) weds Aileen Stewart-Brown

Physicist James Chadwick
Physicist
James Chadwick

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1926-10-04 Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie (29) weds physicist Frédéric Joliot (26) in Paris, France

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie

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1928-07-19 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi

HeartWedding of Interest

1936-02-02 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè

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1938-07-18 Physicist and Nobel laureate John Bardeen (30) weds Jane Maxwell

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen

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1942-05-09 Physicist Robert Hofstadter (27) weds Nancy Givan

HeartWedding of Interest

1955-11-23 Physicist William Shockley (45) weds psychiatric nurse Emmy Lanning

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley

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1982-07-24 Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride (31) weds astronaut Steven Hawley (30) in Salina, Kansas

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride

Famous Deaths

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  • 1617-03-20 Franciscus Aguilon, physicist/theologist/mathematician, dies at 50
  • 1633-11-07 Cornelis Drebbel, physicist/chemist/inventor (builder of the first submarine), dies
  • 1639-10-07 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68

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1642-01-08 Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1656-04-24 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)

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1662-08-19 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher (b. 1623)

Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • 1663-12-28 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)
  • 1679-12-31 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (b. 1608)
  • 1684-05-12 Edme Mariotte, French physicist and priest
  • 1705-10-11 Guillaume Amontons, French physicist, dies at 42

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1727-03-31 Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1736-09-16 Daniel G Fahrenheit, Prussian/Neth physicist (thermometer), dies at 50
  • 1742-02-28 Willem J 's-Gravesande, Dutch physicist, dies at 53
  • 1749-09-10 Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (b. 1706)
  • 1753-08-06 Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (struck by lightning) (b. 1711)
  • 1761-09-19 Peter Musschenbroek, physician/physicist (Leidse Bottle), dies at 69
  • 1768-11-04 Johan Lulofs, Dutch physicist/philosopher/astronomer, dies at 57
  • 1770-04-25 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot and physicist (b. 1700)
  • 1772-03-22 John Canton, English physicist (b. 1718)
  • 1777-10-05 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician (b. 1704)
  • 1781-05-27 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)
  • 1787-02-12 Ruggiero Boscovich, Italian physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1795-05-20 Ignác Martinovics, Hungarian physicist/revolutionary, beheaded
  • 1796-04-18 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)
  • 1798-12-04 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomy/physicist, dies at 61
  • 1799-01-22 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist/alpinist, dies at 58
  • 1799-02-19 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (b. 1733)
  • 1799-02-24 Georg C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer, dies at 56
  • 1799-12-06 Joseph Black, Scottish medical/chemist/physicist, dies at 71
  • 1802-08-10 Aepinus, [Franz UT Hoch], German physician/physicist, dies at 77
  • 1806-08-23 Charles Augustin de Coulomb, Fren physicist (coulometrie), dies at 70
  • 1810-02-24 Henry Cavendish, physicist/chemist, dies
  • 1812-02-24 Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (b. 1775)
  • 1814-08-21 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (b. 1753)
  • 1821-04-20 Franz K Achard, German physicist/chemist, dies at 67
  • 1822-11-19 Johann Georg Tralles, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1763)
  • 1826-06-07 Joseph von Fraunhofer, German physicist (b. 1787)

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1827-03-05 Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st battery, dies at 82

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta
  • 1827-04-03 Ernst Chladni, German physicist (b. 1756)
  • 1827-07-14 Augustin-Jean Fresnel, French physicist (b. 1788)
  • 1829-05-10 Thomas Young, physicist/decipherer of Egyptian hierogolyphics, dies
  • 1831-12-10 Thomas Seebeck, Baltic German physicist (b. 1770)
  • 1834-01-17 Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (b. 1762)
  • 1835-06-08 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)
  • 1836-06-10 André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (b. 1775)
  • 1836-08-21 Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (b. 1785)
  • 1837-12-26 Martinus van Marum, chemist/physicist (giant salamander), dies at 87
  • 1841-03-16 Félix Savart, French surgeon/physicist, dies at 49
  • 1844-07-27 John Dalton, Engl physicist/chemist (molecular theorist), dies at 77
  • 1845-10-27 Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, French Physicist (Peltier effect 1834), dies at 60
  • 1850-05-09 Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac, chemist/physicist, dies

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1851-03-09 Hans Christian Oersted, Danish physicist, dies at 73

Physicist/Chemist Hans Oersted
Physicist/Chemist
Hans Oersted

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1853-03-17 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist, dies at 49

  • 1853-10-02 D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist (chromosome), dies
  • 1854-07-06 Georg Ohm, German physicist and mathematician (Ohm's law), dies at 65
  • 1854-08-11 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (b. 1798)
  • 1856-05-06 William Hamilton, metaphysicist, dies
  • 1859-07-05 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (b. 1777)
  • 1862-01-01 Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Russian physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1862-02-03 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87
  • 1862-08-30 Charles Bernard Desormes, French Physicist and Chemist (carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide compositions), dies at 91
  • 1863-04-10 Giovanni B Amia, Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist, dies at 77
  • 1864-01-28 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)
  • 1865-02-10 Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (b. 1804)
  • 1868-05-22 Julius Plucker, German mathematician/physicist (formula of P), dies
  • 1868-06-25 Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist (b. 1811)
  • 1870-04-04 Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (b. 1802)
  • 1872-10-21 Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer, dies at 78
  • 1873-03-29 Francesco Zantedeschi, Italian physicist (b. 1797)
  • 1874-01-14 Johann Philipp Reis, German Physicist and Inventor, dies of lung disease at 40
  • 1874-06-21 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (b. 1814)
  • 1875-08-31 Oskar Peschel, German geographer (Physicist Erdkunde), dies at 49
  • 1877-01-24 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)
  • 1877-09-26 Hermann Grassmann, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1809)
  • 1878-01-18 Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist (b. 1788)
  • 1878-01-19 Henri V Regnault, French physicist/chemist, dies at 67
  • 1878-03-20 Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (b. 1814)
  • 1879-04-04 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (b. 1803)
  • 1879-11-05 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (speed of light), dies at 48
  • 1883-09-15 Joseph AF Plateau, Belgium physicist (Blue Moon), dies
  • 1883-11-18 Wilhelm Siemens, German/British physicist (steam engine), dies
  • 1885-11-26 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), dies at 71
  • 1887-10-17 Gustav R Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy), dies at 63
  • 1887-11-18 Gustav T Fechner, German psychologist/physicist, dies at 86
  • 1888-04-16 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • 1888-08-24 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies
  • 1889-10-11 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • 1891-05-11 A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (b. 1820)
  • 1891-06-23 Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist (b. 1804)
  • 1893-01-07 Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • 1893-12-04 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
  • 1894-01-01 Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, German physicist (b. 1857)
  • 1894-05-21 August A Kundt, German physicist, (test of Kundt), dies at 54
  • 1895-05-23 Franz E Neumann, German mineralogist/physicist, dies at 96
  • 1895-12-13 Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (b. 1800)
  • 1896-05-27 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  • 1896-08-01 William Robert Grove, Welsh Physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, dies at 85
  • 1896-09-18 Armand-Hippolyte-Louis Fizeau, physicist, dies
  • 1897-02-07 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (Ferrari), dies at 49
  • 1898-08-27 John Hopkinson, British physicist and electrical engineer (Hopkinson's Law) dies with three of his children in a mountaineering accident in the Pennine Alps, Switzerland at 49