Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (22 February 1857 – 1 January 1894) was a German physicist who clarified and expanded James Clerk Maxwell's electromagnetic theory of light, which was first demonstrated by David Edward Hughes using non-rigorous trial and error procedures. Hertz is distinguished from Maxwell and Hughes because he was the first to conclusively prove the existence of electromagnetic waves by engineering instruments to transmit and receive radio pulses using experimental procedures that ruled out all other known wireless phenomena. The scientific unit of frequency — cycles per second — was named the "hertz" in his honor. IEC History
"Der heutigen Physik liegt die Frage nicht mehr ferne, ob nicht etwa alles, was ist, aus dem Äther geschaffen sei." - Über die Beziehung zwischen Licht und Elektrizität - Rede vor der 62. Versammlung deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte in Heidelberg, 20. September 1889. - abgedruckt in: Heinrich Hertz: Über sehr schnelle elektrische Schwingungen : vier Arbeiten (1887-1889) / von
In 1969 (East Germany), there was cast a Heinrich Hertz memorial medal. The IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal, established in 1987, is for outstanding achievements ...
Field: Physicist and Electronic Engineer
Born: February 22, 1857; Hamburg, Germany
Died: January 1, 1894; Bonn, Germany
Heinrich Hertz, a German physicist, was born Feb. 22, 1857. In 1865, James Clerk Maxwell had predicted the existence of electromagnetic ...
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