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Edwin Hall

Edwin HallAKA Edwin Herbert Hall

Born: 7-Nov-1855
Birthplace: Great Falls, ME
Died: 20-Nov-1938
Location of death: Cambridge, MA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Discovered the Hall Effect

While working on his doctoral thesis under with Henry Augustus Rowland as advisor, discovered the Hall Effect in 1879, later published in American Journal of Science and in Philosophical Magazine. The effect occurs when an electric current is placed in a magnetic field, causing a potential difference and a transverse field to be created. Measurement of the potential will yield the strength of the magnetic field applied. In 1895 Hall was appointed a professor of physics at Harvard, where he served until his retirement in 1921.

Father: Joshua Emery Hall (b. 1823)
Mother: Lucy Ann Hilborn Hall (b. 1825)
Brother: Frederic Winslow Hall (b. 1860)
Wife: Caroline Eliza Bottum (m. 31-Aug-1882, d. 1-Jun-1921)
Daughter: Constance Huntington Hall
Son: Frederic Hilborn Hall

    High School: Gorham Seminary
    University: BA, Bowdoin College (1875)
    Administrator: Principal, Gould's Academy, Bethel, ME (1875-76)
    Administrator: Principal, Brunswick High School, Brunswick, ME (1876-77)
    University: PhD Physics, Johns Hopkins University (1880)
    Professor: Physics, Harvard University (1895-1921)

    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Physical Society
    National Academy of Sciences 1911
    Nervous Breakdown Jan-1907


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