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John Michell

(1724—1793) astronomer


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(?1724–93)

An astronomer and experimental philosopher from Cambridge, Michell made the first scientific investigations of seismic waves. He studied earthquake phenomena, especially the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. He proposed a theory for the motion of seismic waves, estimating their velocity, and showed how to determine the epicentre of an earthquake.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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