Hans Oersted Biography

Hans Christian Ørsted was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, an important aspect of electromagnetism. He shaped post-Kantian philosophy and advances in science throughout the late 19th century.

In 1824, Ørsted founded Selskabet for Naturlærens Udbredelse, a society to disseminate knowledge of the natural sciences. He was also the founder of predecessor organizations which eventually became the Danish Meteorological Institute and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office. Ørsted was the first modern thinker to explicitly describe and name the thought experiment.

A leader of the so-called Danish Golden Age, Ørsted was a close friend of Hans Christian Andersen and the brother of politician and jurist Anders Sandøe Ørsted, who eventually served as Danish prime minister.

The oersted, the cgs unit of magnetic H-field strength, is named after him. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Hans Oersted
Nationality:
Denmark
Profession:
Physicist, Chemist
Ethnicity:
Danes
Date of Birth:
August 14, 1777
Astrological Sign:
Leo
Date of Death:
March 9, 1851
Age at Death:
73
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