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Henry Rowland and Electricity

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Abstract

1883 was a year of commanding practical victories in science and technology: Robert Koch devised a method for inoculating people against anthrax, Edison was finishing his design of the first U.S. hydroelectric plant in Wisconsin, and British scientist Sir Joseph Swan produced the first synthetic fiber.

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Magnetic Effect Hydroelectric Plant Mechanical Equivalent British Scientist Physics Faculty Member 
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Endnotes

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    Rowland to his mother, May 1868, Rowland and Gilman Collections at Johns Hopkins University.Google Scholar
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    Rowland to his mother, February 23, 1875, Rowland and Gilman Collections at Johns Hopkins UniversityGoogle Scholar
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    I am informed by David Miller (private correspondence) that some are at the US Museum of History and Technology; also, David Miller compares Rowland’s collection with the Harvard collection in his dissertation, “Henry Augustus Rowland and his Electromagnetic Researches,” for Ph.D. in General Science, thesis submitted to Oregon State University, June 1970, pp. 292 and 293.Google Scholar
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    From Miller’s dissertation, op cit., pp. 289–292.Google Scholar
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    J. Ames, “The Work of the Physical Laboratory,” Johns Hopkins University Alumni Magazine, 1917, 5: 158.Google Scholar
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    C.J. Evans and D. J. Warner, “Precision Engineering and Experimental Physics: William A. Rogers, the First Academic Mechanician in the U.S.,” in Stanley Goldberg and Roger Stuewer, editors, The Michelson Era in American Science: 1870–1930 (American Institute of Physics, New York, 1988).Google Scholar
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    David Miller, “Rowland and the Nature of Electric Currents,” Isis, 1972, 63:5–27.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Rowland to Helmholtz, correspondence, November 13,1875, in David Miller, “Rowland and the Nature of Electric Currents,” Isis, 1972, 63: 5–27.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    David Miller, “Rowland and the Nature of Electric Currents,” Isis, 1972, 63:5–27; see also David Miller, “Rowland’s Physics,” Physics Today, July 1976.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Anthony to Board of Trustees, June 19, 1887, Cornell University Archives.Google Scholar
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    Rowland to Fitzgerald, May 12, 1876, Royal Dublin Society LibraryGoogle Scholar

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