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Arago, Dominique Francois Jean

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Born: 1786 AD
Died: 1853 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Physicists

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1786 - Born on February 26th in Estagel, Roussillon, France. French physicist who discovered the principle of the production of magnetism by rotation of a nonmagnetic conductor.

         - His scientific achievements were mainly in the fields of astronomy, magnetism, and optics.

1803 - He entered the Polytechnic.

         - Working with Augustin Fresnel, he discovered that two beams of light polarized in perpendicular directions do not interfere, leading to the transverse theory of light waves.

1804 - Became secretary to the Paris Observatory.

1811 - He invented the polariscope and later developed a polarimeter, which he used in several astronomical studies.

1830 - Became the chief director to the Paris Observatory.

         - He took a prominent part in the July Revolution.

1848 - He was a member of the provisional government.

1853 - Died on October 2nd in Paris.

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