Hans Christian Oersted (1777-1851)

Danish physicist and chemist, was born in Rudkjoebing (Langeland), in 1777, and died in Copenhagen, in 1851.

Obtained his Ph.D. in 1799. After a long study journey throughout Europe, was nominated Physics professor at the University of Copenhagen, in 1804. After some incursions in chemistry his work was centered in the electromagnetism problems, with special relevance to the effect discovered in 1820 and named after him. In 1829, was appointed director of the Polytechnic School of Copenhagen and was chosen to secretary of the Science Academy of Copenhagen. In 1842, was appointed foreign member of the French Science Academy.