Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878

Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878



  • Existence: 1797 - 1878


Joseph Henry (December 17, 1797 – May 13, 1878) was an American scientist who served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was the secretary for the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, a precursor of the Smithsonian Institution. While building electromagnets, Henry discovered the electromagnetic phenomenon of self-inductance. He also discovered mutual inductance independently of Michael Faraday.

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Joseph Henry letter

Rumford Mss 843357.1
Identifier: Mss 843357.1
Date(s): 1843-06-07

In English.