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 Joseph Alexander Henry

Joseph Alexander Henry

Birth
Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 13 May 1878 (aged 81)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Henry Crescent
Memorial ID 8175766 · View Source
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Scientist. He was head of the Smithsonian Institution for 32 years where under his direction, the national weather forecasting service was born. One of America's greatest scientists, he invented the first practical electric motor, telegraph and the electric relay, pioneered in the study of sunspots, and innovated the development of lighthouse foghorns and lights to aid ships in navigation. Without a college degree, he was hired as a professor at Princeton University prior to his tenure at the Smithsonian where he lived with his family until his death. The day of his state funeral was declared a national day of mourning and the service was attended by President Rutherford B. Hayes, his wife Lucy, the entire cabinet, Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, members of both houses of congress and many scientists. In 1997 The Smithsonian published his biography: "Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist."

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield
  • Added: 12 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8175766
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Alexander Henry (26 Jul 1796–13 May 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8175766, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .