A Brief History of Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry studied meteorology at the Albany Academy. In two years he established six hundred observation stations around the country. Using the telegraph, he daily plotted atmospheric conditions on a US map and forecast the weather to the nation by telegraph. He then persuaded Congress to establish a Department of Meteorology.

Material from C. L. Andrews, The Physics Teacher, January 1965, Barbara Myers Swartz, The Physics Teacher, September 1978, the Smithsonian Institution and other sources.

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