OERSTED, H. C.

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OERSTED, H. C. - Øersted, the Founder of Electromagnetism, Praises a Norwegian Student and Future Lutheran Pastor
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OERSTED, H. C. - Øersted, the Founder of Electromagnetism, Praises a Norwegian Student and Future Lutheran Pastor

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ØERSTED, HANS CHRISTIAN.(1777-1851). Danish physicist remembered as the father of the science of electromagnetism and central to the Danish Golden Age. ADS. (“H.C. Oersted”). ½p. Tall 4to. N.p., April 29, 1810. A recommendation for his student at the University of Copenhagen, STENER STENERSEN (1789-1835), the Norwegian-born future Lutheran theologian who became one of the first two faculty members at the University of Christiana (Oslo) in 1811. Written in Danish with translation.

 

Candidatus philosophiae, Mr. Stener Stenersen, while studying for an exam in philosophy attended my lessons with dedication and concentration, at the exams he proved to be knowledgeable, and at the public hearing of the examination, he stood out to such an extent that he can be regarded even as one of the best candidates, among the ones I graded worthy of distinguished praise. Since then he has, by working efficiently, aspired to improve his knowledge of the Natural Sciences, by adding to his studies schedule, and by attending my Consultations this winter semester, he has demonstrated that he combines a steady effort with an ability to think and research independently…”

 

After penning a doctoral thesis on the work of German philosopher Immanuel Kant entitled “The Architectonics of Natural Metaphysics,” Øersted won a travel grant for further study. It was in Germany that he met the chemist, physicist and philosopher Johann Wilhelm Ritter who sparked his interest in the as-yet theoretical relationship between magnetism and electricity. Pursuing the study of physics, Øersted became a professor at the University of Copenhagen where he developed the physics and chemistry departments. In 1800, with Alessandro Volta’s invention of a galvanic battery, Øersted began his experimentation with electricity, culminating in his 1820 discovery of Øersted’s law, which stated that electrical currents create magnetic fields and which spurred much research in the field of electrodynamics including the work of André-Marie Ampère. For his discovery he was awarded the Royal Society of London’s Copley Medal and a monetary prize by the French Academy. He is considered a leading figure in the Danish Golden Age during which philosophy, science and the arts flourished in Denmark.

 

Folded, and lightly foxed with some age toning; in very good condition and extremely rare from this early date. The earliest dated document in ABPC is from 1826.


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