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History of Physics and Astronomy


This version sorts the important events by name. The lifetimes of people are highlighted in blue, important people are in bold blue.

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War - Boer 1899-1902
War - First World War 1914-1918
War – Second World War 1939-1945
War – Seven years war began 1756
Water clocks in Mesopotamia 2000 BC
Water thermometer – John Ray 1632
Watt 1736-1819
Watt patents the steam engine 1769
Wave equation for a particle (l=h/p) - De Broglie 1924
Wave mechanical alpha emission – Gamov 1928
Wave mechanical barrier penetration 1928
Wave mechanics – particle-wave equation - Schr๖dinger 1926
Weber introduced as a unit of magnetic flux 1935
Wheatstone 1802-1875
Wheatstone Bridge – Christie 1833
White dwarf – first one discovered 1915
Wien 1864- 1928
Wigner, Goeppert-Mayer and Jensen – Nobel prize for Physics 1963
Wilson and Compton – Nobel prize for Physics 1927
Wimshurst machine 1878
Windscale disaster (renamed Sellafield)1957
Wireless message – first paid one 1898
Wireless pulses – depth finding 1904
Wireless waves detected - Hertz 1887
Wolf 1863-1932
 
 
 
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