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Joseph Henry

Pathfinder in Science

 
 
Joseph Henry Marker </b>- Detail - Center Panel image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2008
1. Joseph Henry Marker - Detail - Center Panel
Inscription.
Joseph Henry
Pathfinder in Science
Born in Albany
1797
Died in Washington
1878

[Left Panel]:
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.
                              Joseph Henry
This experiment was made in 1838 while he was a teacher in the academy

[Right Panel]:
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.
 
Erected 1927.
 
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. Touch for map. The Marker and scupture are located in Albany's Academy Park, beside the former Albany Academy. Marker is in this post office area: Albany NY 12207, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of 1 Elk St. (within shouting distance of this marker); Court of Appeals (within shouting distance of this marker); NSDAR Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial
Joseph Henry Marker </b>- Detail - Left Panel image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2008
2. Joseph Henry Marker - Detail - Left Panel
(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
Joseph Henry Marker </b>- Detail - Right Panel image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2008
3. Joseph Henry Marker - Detail - Right Panel
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 invented by Samuel Morse and Charles Wheatstone.

In the International System of Units, the unit of inductance, the henry, is named after Joseph Henry.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
Joseph Henry Marker - Albany, NY image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2008
4. Joseph Henry Marker - Albany, NY
Joseph Henry Marker in Academy Park image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2008
5. Joseph Henry Marker in Academy Park
The Joseph Henry statue stands in Albany's Academy Park which is just across Washington Ave. from the New York State Capitol. The building behind the statue is the former Albany Academy, and is now the home of the offices of the Albany City School district.
Joseph Henry Statue image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2008
6. Joseph Henry Statue
Detail of Joseph Henry Statue
Joseph Henry - 1879 image. Click for full size.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's People Collection
7. Joseph Henry - 1879
Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, good friend of Alexander Dallas Bache, 2nd superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 2,328 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 24, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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