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Hans Christian Oersted

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Hans Christian Oersted (1777-1851), a Danish physicist and educator, is considered the founder of the science of electromagnetism. He took the first steps in explaining the relationship between electricity and magnetism. He was also the first scientist to isolate pure metallic aluminum. Oersted was born in Rudkobing, Langeland, on August 14, 1777. Although he had little formal education, he learned German, French, Latin and some chemistry. He passed the entrance examination at Copenhagen University. His idea that nature’s forces had a common origin resulted in Oersted’s 1820 epochal discovery, when …Read more

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