Fizeau, H. (Hippolyte), 1819-1896

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Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau was born on November 23, 1819, in Paris, France. He received his secondary school education at the Collège Stanislas with the intention of becoming a doctor. Illness forced Fizeau to discontinue classes and upon returning, he studied physics. Fizeau's early work included the improvement of the daguerreotype process. This allowed Fizeau and Léon Foucault to be the first to photograph the disk of the sun. Probably Fizeau's most significant contribution was the calculation of the speed of light using only terrestrial methods. He also calculated the velocity of electricity in wires. Fizeau died on September 18, 1896, in Venteuil, France.

From the description of Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau papers, 1870-1879 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702168980

Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau was born on November 23, 1819, in Paris, France. He received his secondary school education at the Collège Stanislas with the intention of becoming a doctor. Illness forced Fizeau to discontinue classes and upon returning, he studied physics. Fizeau's early work included the improvement of the daguerreotype process. This allowed Fizeau and Léon Foucault to be the first to photograph the disk of the sun. Probably Fizeau's most significant contribution was the calculation of the speed of light using only terrestrial methods. He also calculated the velocity of electricity in wires. Fizeau died on September 18, 1896, in Venteuil, France.

From the guide to the Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau papers, 1870-1879, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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creatorOf Fizeau, H. (Hippolyte), 1819-1896. Papers. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau papers, 1870-1879 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Janssen, Jules, 1824-1907. Biographical files, 1863-1920. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Shankland, Robert S., 1908-. Oral history interview with Robert S. Shankland, 1974 August 20 and 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Wheatstone, Charles, Sir, 1802-1875. Letter : London, to Hippolyte Fizeau, Paris, 1841 Aug. 11. Getty Research Library
creatorOf Fizeau, H. (Hippolyte), 1819-1896. Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau papers, 1870-1879 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Hatson, James C. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
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associatedWith Dibner, Bern, person
associatedWith Hatson, James C. person
associatedWith Janssen, Jules, 1824-1907. person
associatedWith Sénarmont, Henry Hureau de, 1808-1862. person
associatedWith Shankland, Robert S., 1908- person
associatedWith Wheatstone, Charles, Sir, 1802-1875. person
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Solar system
Subject
Copper oxide
Science
Astronomy
Occupation
Astronomers
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Birth 1819-09-23

Death 1896-09-18

French

French

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