Joseph Henry

Joseph HenryJoseph Henry (1797-1878) was a great American physicist and professor at Princeton University. He dis­covered the principle of self-induction (the standard unit for which is named after him) and invented the electromagnetic motor and the galvanometer. He was the first Secretary and Director of the Smithsonian Institu­tion, one of the charter members of the National Academy of Sciences, and a founder and early president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also a devout Christian, in all his experimentation making it a regular practice to stop, to worship God, and then to pray for divine guidance at every important junc­ture of the experiment.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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