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Tyndall, John

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Born: 1820 AD
Died: 1893 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Physicists

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1820 - John Tyndall, born on August 2nd in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland in poor circumstances, was a remarkable self-made man of science.

1839 - He joined the Irish ordinance survey.

1848 - He became known to the scientific world as the author of a luminous treatise on Crystals.

1853 - He was given the degree of F.R.S., and appointed to the chair of natural philosophy in the royal institution of Great Britain, conjoined with the post of superintendent, an office in which he succeeded Michael Faraday.  

1856 - He made a memorable expedition to Switzerland, in company with Professor Huxley, which resulted in a joint treatise On the Structure and Motion of Glaciers.

1860-1871 - The adventures and discoveries of this notable scientist are recorded in the following works published by him: The Glaciers of the Alps; Mountaineering; A Vacation Tour; Hours of Exercise in the Alps; and The Forms of Water in Clouds and Rivers, Ice and Glaciers.

1872 - He made an enormously successful lecture tour of America.

1876 - Married to Louisa, daughter of Lord Claud Hamilton.

1893 - Died on December 4th.

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