Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pathﬁnder in Science
Pathfinder in Science
Born in Albany
Died in Washington
I arranged around one of the upper rooms in the Albany Academy a wire of more than a mile in length throvgh which I was enabled to make signals by sounding a bell.
He discovered self induction and his contributions to the knowledge of electro magnetism are essential to the Electric Telegraph, the Telephone, the Dynamo, the Motor & Radio.
Location. 42° 39.174′ N, 73° 45.285′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from Elk Street. The Marker and scupture are located in Albany's Academy Park, beside the former Albany Academy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany NY 12207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of 1 Elk St. (within shouting distance Court of Appeals (within shouting distance of this marker); NSDAR Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Academy Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Modern Electricity (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kilian Van Rensselaer (about 400 feet away); LaFayette Park (about 400 feet away); 1624-1924 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
More about this marker. The bronze sculpture depicts Joseph Henry as a young man standing and holding an electromagnetic device in his proper left hand. He appears to be conducting an experiment. He stands next to a bench with a coat and hat thrown over it. Henry wears a buttoned vest and open jacket. The sculpture is mounted on a concave-shaped, tiered base. The sculpture is placed on the central, pedestal-like section which is flanked on either side by two lower panels that end in benches.
Regarding Joseph Henry. Joseph Henry (December 17, 1797 – May 13, 1878) was an American scientist who served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. During his lifetime, he was considered one of the greatest American scientists since Benjamin Franklin. While building electromagnets, Henry discovered the electromagnetic phenomenon of self-inductance. He also discovered mutual inductance independently of Michael Faraday, though Faraday was the first to publish his results. Henry's work on the electromagnetic relay was the basis of the electrical telegraph, jointly
In the International System of Units, the unit of inductance, the henry, is named after Joseph Henry.
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