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Happy Birthday, John Sealy Townsend

June 7, 2021

From fluorescent light bulbs and Geiger counters to plasma televisions and semiconductor manufacturing, Townsend discharge has many important applications. Who discovered this phenomenon?

Happy Birthday, Joseph Fourier

March 21, 2021

From heat conduction and the Fourier series to the greenhouse effect and Fourier transform, Joseph Fourier’s research has many implications in the modern world.

Happy Birthday, Claude-Louis Navier

February 10, 2021

When you hear the name Navier, you probably think of fluid flow or the Navier–Stokes equations. But did you know that Claude-Louis Navier worked as a bridge designer and civil engineer?

Happy Birthday, Friedrich Paschen

January 22, 2021

Friedrich Paschen dedicated his life to experimentation. Today, we use Paschen’s law to understand how electric current flows through gas.

2020 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize Awarded to Nader Engheta

December 16, 2020

Get an overview of the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize — and the optical physicist who won this year.

5 W’s for 200 Years of Electromagnetism

December 11, 2020

Fun fact: Hans Christian Ørsted originally studied pharmacology and philosophy before he went on to discover the connection between electricity and magnetism.

Happy Birthday, Marie Van Brittan Brown

October 30, 2020

Today, home security is a billion dollar industry that relies on smart devices. However, it all started with a nurse who wanted to feel safer in her home in Queens, New York.

Happy Birthday, Henry Cavendish

October 10, 2020

Did you know that the element hydrogen was originally called “inflammable air” upon its discovery by Henry Cavendish because of how easily it burns? Learn more about the chemist and physicist…

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