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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Joseph Henry

This 1882 statue of Professor Joseph Henry by William Wetmore Story stands in front of the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall in Washington DC.
"Joseph Henry (December 17, 1797 – May 13, 1878) was an American scientist who served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was the secretary for the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, a precursor of the Smithsonian Institution. He was highly regarded during his lifetime. While building electromagnets, Henry discovered the electromagnetic phenomenon of self-inductance. He also discovered mutual inductance independently of Michael Faraday, (1791–1867), though Faraday was the first to make the discovery and publish his results. Henry developed the electromagnet into a practical device. He invented a precursor to the electric doorbell (specifically a bell that could be rung at a distance via an electric wire, 1831) and electric relay (1835). The SI unit of inductance, the henry, is named in his honor. Henry's work on the electromagnetic relay was the basis of the practical electrical telegraph, invented by Samuel F. B. Morse and Sir Charles Wheatstone, separately." -- Wikipedia

This statue of
The first secretary
of the
was made in 1881
by the
American Sculptor
William Wetmore
Then Working in Rome
April 19, 1883 

 Modelled by W. W. Story 1881 Fonderia Nelli . Roma

Kiem's Illustrated Hand-book, describes this as a "semi-heroic bronze statue".

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