Many magnetic units are named for the people who discovered or invented these ideas in our not so distant history. Learn more about them at the links below, listed in order of appearance.
is named after the Italian physicist and chemist Alessandro Volta
(1745–1827), inventor of the electrical battery and discoverer of methane.
is named after the French physicist and mathematician André-Marie Ampère
(1775-1836). One of the founders of the science of classical electromagnetism, he referred to the subject as "electrodynamics."
is named after Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
(1777-1855). Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many, many fields. Gauss had an exceptional influence in many fields of mathematics and science and is ranked as one of history's most influential mathematicians.
is named after the Danish physicist and chemist Hans Christian Ørsted
(1777-1851), who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, an important aspect of electromagnetism. He is still known today for Oersted's Law.
is named after the German physicist Wilhelm Eduard Weber
(1804–1891). Invented the first electromagnetic telegraph with Gauss.
is a unit of energy named after the English physicist James Prescott Joule
(1818-1889). Joule studied the nature of heat, and discovered its relationship to mechanical work and energy. This led to the law of conservation of energy and the first law of thermodynamics.
is named after the Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell
(1831-1879). His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon. Maxwell's equations for electromagnetism have been called the "second great unification in physics."
is named after Nikola Tesla
(1856-1943). The Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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