John Tyndall

Irish physicist

John Tyndall FRS 2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) was an important 19th-century Irish physicist. He studied diamagnetism. Later he made discoveries about infrared radiation and the physical properties of the air. In 1859 he proved the connection between atmospheric CO2 and what is now known as the greenhouse effect.

John Tyndall
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Born(1820-08-02)2 August 1820
Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland, UK
Died(1893-12-04)4 December 1893 (aged 73)
Haslemere, Surrey, England, UK
NationalityIrish
Alma materUniversity of Marburg
Known forAtmosphere, physics,
Tyndall effect, diamagnetism,
infrared radiation, Tyndallization
AwardsRoyal Medal (1853)
Rumford Medal (1864)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, chemistry
InstitutionsRoyal Institution of Great Britain
Signature
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Tyndall also published more than a dozen science books which brought state-of-the-art 19th century experimental physics to a wide audience. From 1853 to 1887 he was professor of physics at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brock W.H. 1981. John Tyndall: essays on a natural philosopher. Dublin: Royal Dublin Society. 220 pages.
  2. Eve A.S. & Creasey C.H. 1945. Life and work of John Tyndall. London: Macmillan. This is the "official" biography.