Hans Christian Oersted

(1777—1851) Danish physicist

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(1777–1851) Danish physicist,

who became a professor at Copenhagen in 1806. His best-known discovery came during a lecture in 1820, when he observed the deflection of a compass needle near a wire carrying an electric current. He had discovered electromagnetism.

Subjects: Physics.

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