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December 1997 (Volume 6, Number 11)

Who is this Well-known American Physicist?


He was born 200 years ago on December 17, 1797, in Albany, N.Y.

Our bi-centurion:
  • studied meteorology at the Albany Academy
  • established a national system of observation stations across the U.S.
  • persuaded Congress to establish a Department of Meteorology

However, he is most remembered for his discoveries in magnetism.

He was:
  • Professor of Natural Philosophy at the College of New Jersey (now know as Princeton University)
  • elected as the First Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, President of the AAAS, the National Academy of Sciences and the Philosophical Society of Washington, D.C., among other positions

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December 1997 (Volume 6, Number 11)

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Three APS Fellows Share 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics
Taking the Temperature of Dark-State Atoms
APS and Scientific Societies Endorse United Statement on Research
Unified Statement on Research: "A Decade of Investment"
APS Fellow Reception held in New York City
Interferometric Lithography, High-Density Plasma Sources Featured at GEC '97
Enhancements to APS Online Journals
Inside the Beltway
International News
Kennedy is APS Centennial Director
APS Group Insurance has Affordable Options
Lettieri Promoted to APS Membership Department Manager
Who is this Well-known American Physicist?
APS Views
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
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