Albert Abraham Michelson, first North American to receive Nobel Prize in Physics

First North American presented the Nobel Prize in Physics was in 1907

Albert Abraham Michelson from the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, was presented with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1907. Michelson was one of two scientists who made the first precise and accurate measurement of the speed of light.

Quote: “for his optical instruments of precision, and the spectroscopic and meteorologic investigations which he carried out by means of them.”

Additional Information:

  • Albert A. Michelson: Biographical
    Albert Abraham Michelson was born in Strelno, Prussia, on December 19, 1852. Two years later his family emigrated to the United States to settle at Virginia City, Nevada, but they eventually moved to San Francisco where Michelson received his early education in public schools, matriculating from the High School in 1869.
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    Albert Abraham Michelson (surname pronunciation anglicized as “Michael-son”, December 19, 1852 – May 9, 1931) was an American physicist known for his work on the measurement of the speed of light and especially for the Michelson–Morley experiment.
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    A.A. Michelson, in full Albert Abraham Michelson (born December 19, 1852, Strelno, Prussia [now Strzelno, Poland]—died May 9, 1931, Pasadena, California, U.S.), German-born American physicist who established the speed of light as a fundamental constant and pursued other spectroscopic and metrological investigations.
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    Already a preeminent scientist when he came to Chicago from Clark University in 1892, Albert A. Michelson gave the University immediate distinction in the physical sciences.
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    On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences will announce the recipients of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physics. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the first Nobel Prize awarded to an American scientist, University of Chicago physicist Albert A. Michelson (1852-1931), who measured the speed of light.
  • Albert A. Michelson Biography – Childhood, Life Achievements …
    Albert Abraham Michelson was the first American scientist who received the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on finding the speed of light. This biography profiles his childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline.
  • Albert Abraham Michelson facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia …
    Precision measurement in experimental physics was Michelson’s lifelong passion. In 1907 he became the first American citizen to win a Nobel Prize in one of the sciences, being so honored “for his precision optical instruments and the spectroscopic and metrological investigations conducted therewith.”
      Albert Abraham Michelson

Albert Abraham Michelson


      December 19, 1852, Strzelno, Poland
      May 9, 1931, Pasadena, California, United States
      Edna Stanton (m. 1899–1931),
      Margaret Heminway (m. 1877–1897)
      Beatrice Michelson,
      Truman Michelson,
      Dorothy Michelson,
      Albert Heminway Michelson,
      Elsa Michelson,
      Madeleine Michelson

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