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Albert A. Michelson
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Born (1852-12-19)December 19, 1852
Strzelno, Kingdom of Prussia (modern Poland)
Died May 9, 1931(1931-05-09) (aged 78)
Nationality United States
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
University of Berlin
Known for Speed of light
Michelson–Morley experiment
Margaret Hemingway
(m. 1877; div. 1898)
; 3 children
Edna Stanton (m. 1899)
; 3 children
Awards Matteucci Medal (1903)
Nobel Prize in Physics (1907)
Copley Medal (1907)
Elliott Cresson Medal (1912)
Henry Draper Medal (1916)
Albert Medal (1920)
Franklin Medal (1923)
Duddell Medal and Prize (1929)
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions Case Western Reserve University
Clark University
University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Hermann Helmholtz
Other academic advisors Georg Hermann Quincke
Alfred Cornu
Doctoral students Robert Millikan
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Albert Abraham Michelson FFRS HFRSE (December 19, 1852 – May 9, 1931) was an American physicist known for his work on measuring the speed of light and especially for the Michelson–Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, becoming the first American to win the Nobel Prize in a science.

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