Thomas Young

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Thomas Young
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Born(1773-06-13)13 June 1773
Milverton, Somerset, England
Died10 May 1829(1829-05-10) (aged 55)
London, England
Known forWave theory of light
Double-slit experiment
Astigmatism
Young–Helmholtz theory
Young temperament
Young's Modulus
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics
Physiology
Egyptology
Signature
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Thomas Young (13 June 1773 – 10 May 1829) was an English polymath. Young made important scientific contributions to many fields. His most famous work is on the wave theory of light. He also did good work to the fields of vision, solid mechanics, energy, physiology, language, musical harmony, and Egyptology. Among others, William Herschel, Hermann von Helmholtz, James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein have praised Young's work.

References[change | change source]

  1. Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment: Science, Religion and Politics from the Restoration to the French Revolution (2002) by John Gascoigne, p. 278.