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Albert A. Michelson
|Died||May 9, 1931
|Alma mater||United States Naval Academy
University of Berlin
|Known for||Speed of light
Margaret Hemingway; 3 children
(m. 1877; div. 1898)
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)
|Institutions||Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
|Doctoral advisor||Hermann Helmholtz|
|Other academic advisors||Georg Hermann Quincke
|Doctoral students||Robert Millikan|
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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A monument at United States Naval Academy marks the path of Michelson's experiments measuring the speed of light.
The horizontal structure mounted at the top of the Hooker Telescope implements Michelson's stellar interferometer (1920). Mirrors on that stage (not visible in picture) redirect starlight from two smaller apertures up to 20 feet (6m) apart into the telescope.
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