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Young, Thomas

Born: 1773 AD
Died: 1829 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Physicians, Physicists


1773 – He was born on the 13th day of June this year in Milverton, Somersetshire, England, and educated at the universities of Edinburgh, Goettingen, and Cambridge.


1796 – He obtained a medical degree at Goettingen.


1799 – He began to practice medicine in London.


1802 – He became foreign secretary of the Royal Society, a British scientific organization.


1811 – He was appointed to the staff of Saint George’s Hospital, London. He served on several official scientific commissions.


1818 – He was secretary to the Board of Longitude and editor of Nautical Almanac. In the science of optics, Young discovered the phenomenon of interference, which helped to establish the wave nature of light.


1829 – He died on the 10th day of May this year in London.