By Deborah Todd, Joseph A. Angelo

ISBN-10: 0816046395

ISBN-13: 9780816046393

This reference for normal readers and scholars in highschool and up compiles biographies of approximately one hundred thirty scientists in house and astronomy, from antiquity to the current. each one access presents delivery and demise dates and data on fields of specialization, and examines the scientist's paintings and contributions to the sphere, in addition to relatives and academic historical past. approximately 50 b&w pictures are integrated. Entries are listed via box, kingdom of beginning, and nation of medical job, and chronologically. Todd is a contract author. Angelo is a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air strength.

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Arrhenius’s great discovery shattered conventional wisdom in both physics and chemistry, while Marie Curie’s pioneering radiochemistry discoveries forced the committee to include her as a recipient, making her the first woman to receive the prestigious award. In 1905 Arrhenius retired from his professorship in physics and accepted a position as the director of the newly created Nobel Institute of Physical Chemistry in Stockholm—a position expressly tailored by the Swedish Academy of Sciences to accommodate his wide-ranging technical interests.

D. in astronomy in 1822 from the University of Königsberg. His doctoral dissertation involved a critical review of the celestial observations made by John Flamsteed. Argelander’s academic research interest in assessing the observational quality of earlier star catalogs so influenced his later professional activities that the hardworking astronomer would eventually develop Bonner Durchmusterung, his own great catalog of Northern Hemisphere stars. In 1823 Bessel’s letter of recommendation helped Argelander secure a position as an observer at the newly established Turku (Åbo) Observatory in southwestern Finland (then an autonomous grand duchy within the Imperial Russian Empire).

Arago was contacted by another scientist, Thomas Young, who, using Arago’s work, proposed the first transverse wave light theory. Another contemporary, Augustine Fresnel, also wrote Arago about wave optics, and by 1815 Fresnel presented his theory, La diffraction de la lumière, to the Académie. Despite opposition, Arago completely Arago, Dominique-François-Jean backed Fresnel’s theory, which was in direct conflict with the better-known corpuscular theory of light, in which light is made up of particles, as explained by SIR ISAAC NEWTON.

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