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Thomas Young

(1773—1829) physician and natural philosopher


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(1773–1829) British physician and physicist,

who was a child prodigy and could speak 14 languages before he was 19. His early researches concerned the eye and vision, but he is best known for establishing the wave theory of light (1800–04) and explaining the phenomenon of interference (1807). The Young modulus of elasticity is named after him (see elastic modulus).

Subjects: Science and Mathematics.


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