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Hans Christian Ørsted

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Hans Christian Ørsted /ˈɜːrstɛd/;2 Danish: hans kʰʁæsd̥jan ˈɶɐ̯sd̥ɛð; often rendered Oersted in English; 14 August 1777 – 9 March 1851 was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, which was the first connection found between electricity and magnetism He is still known today for Oersted's Law He shaped post-Kantian philosophy and advances in science throughout the late 19th century3

In 1824, Ørsted founded Selskabet for Naturlærens Udbredelse SNU, a society to disseminate knowledge of the natural sciences He was also the founder of predecessor organizations which eventually became the Danish Meteorological Institute and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office Ørsted was the first modern thinker to explicitly describe and name the thought experiment

A leader of the so-called Danish Golden Age, Ørsted was a close friend of Hans Christian Andersen and the brother of politician and jurist Anders Sandøe Ørsted, who eventually served as Danish prime minister 1853–54

The oersted Oe, the cgs unit of magnetic H-field strength, is named after him


  • 1 Early life and studies
  • 2 Electromagnetism
  • 3 Later years
  • 4 Legacy
    • 41 Toponomy
    • 42 Monuments and memorials
    • 43 Awards and lectures
  • 5 Writings
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 Further reading
  • 9 External links

Early life and studiesedit

The young HC Ørsted

Ørsted was born in Rudkøbing As a young boy Ørsted developed his interest in science while working for his father, who owned a pharmacy4 He and his brother Anders received most of their early education through self-study at home, going to Copenhagen in 1793 to take entrance exams for the University of Copenhagen, where both brothers excelled academically By 1796 Ørsted had been awarded honors for his papers in both aesthetics and physics He earned his doctorate in 1799 for a dissertation based on the works of Kant entitled "The Architectonics of Natural Metaphysics"

In 1801 Ørsted received a travel scholarship and public grant which enabled him to spend three years travelling across Europe In Germany he met Johann Wilhelm Ritter, a physicist who believed there was a connection between electricity and magnetism This made sense to Ørsted since he believed in Kantian ideas about the unity of nature and that deep relationships existed between natural phenomena4

Their conversations drew Ørsted into the study of physics He became a professor at the University of Copenhagen in 1806 and continued his research with electric currents and acoustics Under his guidance the University developed a comprehensive physics and chemistry program and established new laboratories

In 1800, Alessandro Volta invented a galvanic battery inspiring Ørsted to think about the nature of electricity and to conduct his first electrical experiments Between 1800 and 1803, he visited Germany, France and Holland for lectures Ørsted welcomed William Christopher Zeise to his family home in autumn 1806; taking the then young chemist and fellow son of a pharmacist under his care and giving him encouragement while offering him a position as his lecturing assistant In 1812 he again visited Germany and France after publishing a manual called Videnskaben om Naturens Almindelige Love and Første Indledning til den Almindelige Naturlære 1811 In Berlin he wrote his famous essay on the identity of chemical and electrical forces in which he first stated the connection existing between magnetism and electricity Then, in Paris he translated that essay into Latin with Marcel de Serres

The Royal Society of London gave him the Copley Medal and the French Academy awarded him with 3,000 gold francs Ørsted was just 43 when he made this great discovery He established the Royal Polytechnic Institute in 1829 of which he was the first director


Hans Christian Ørsted, Der Geist in der Natur, 1854 Play media A compass needle with a wire, showing the effect Ørsted discovered Demonstrated by Prof Oliver Zajkov, Physics Institute at the Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonia Der Geist in der Natur, v1 1854

On 21 April 1820, during a lecture, Ørsted noticed a compass needle deflected from magnetic north when an electric current from a battery was switched on and off, confirming a direct relationship between electricity and magnetism5 His initial interpretation was that magnetic effects radiate from all sides of a wire carrying an electric current, as do light and heat Three months later he began more intensive investigations and soon thereafter published his findings, showing that an electric current produces a circular magnetic field as it flows through a wire This discovery was not due to mere chance, since Ørsted had been looking for a relation between electricity and magnetism for several years The special symmetry of the phenomenon was possibly one of the difficulties that retarded the discovery6

It is sometimes claimed that Italian Gian Domenico Romagnosi was the first person who found a relationship between electricity and magnetism, about two decades before Ørsted's 1820 discovery of electromagnetism Romagnosi's experiments showed that an electric current from a voltaic pile could deflect a magnetic needle7 His researches were published in two Italian newspapers and were largely overlooked by the scientific community8

Ørsted's findings stirred much research into electrodynamics throughout the scientific community, influencing French physicist André-Marie Ampère's developments of a single mathematical formula to represent the magnetic forces between current-carrying conductors Ørsted's work also represented a major step toward a unified concept of energy

In 1822, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and in 1849 a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences9

Later yearsedit

In 1825, Ørsted made a significant contribution to chemistry by producing aluminium for the first time While an aluminium-iron alloy had previously been developed by British scientist and inventor Humphry Davy, Ørsted was the first to isolate the element via a reduction of aluminium chloride

In 1829, Ørsted founded Den Polytekniske Læreanstalt 'College of Advanced Technology' which was later renamed the Technical University of Denmark DTU10

Ørsted died at Copenhagen in 1851, aged 73, and was buried in the Assistens Cemetery in the same city


The centimetre-gram-second system CGS unit of magnetic induction oersted is named for his contributions to the field of electromagnetism


The Ørsted Park in Copenhagen was named after Ørsted in 1879 The streets HC Ørsteds Vej in Frederiksberg and H C Ørsteds Allé is located in Galten are also named after him

The buildings that are home to the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen's North Campus are named the HC Ørsted Institute, after him A dormitory named H C Ørsted Kollegiet is located in Odense

The first Danish satellite, launched 1999, was named after Ørsted

Monuments and memorialsedit

Statue of Ørsted in Ørstedsparken, in Copenhagen

A statue of Hans Christian Ørsted was installed in the Ørsted Park in 1880 A commemorative plaque is located above the gate on the building in Studiestræde where he lived and worked The 100 danske kroner note issued from 1950 to 1970 carried an engraving of Ørsted

Awards and lecturesedit

Two medals are awarded in Ørsted's name: the Oersted Medal for notable contributions in the teaching of physics in America, awarded by American Association of Physics Teachers, along with the H C Ørsted Medal for Danish scientists, awarded by the Danish Selskabet for Naturlærens Udbredelse Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science, which Ørsted founded The HC Ørsted Lectureship is awarded to two prominent researchers annually, and has been bestowed upon the following scientists:

Upcoming HC Ørsted Lecture : Dr Jack Connerney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA : "Mars Crustal Magnetism: Through The Lens Sharply" Previous HC Ørsted Lecturers:

  • Professor Michaël Grätzel, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL
  • Professor Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Collège de France, Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • Professor Ivar Giaever, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • Professor Paul F Hoffman, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Harvard University
  • Professor Leroy Hood, William Gates III Professor, Institute for Systems Biology
  • Professor Sir Harold Kroto, University of Sussex, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
  • Professor Hugo de Man,11 Catholic University of Leuven
  • Professor Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford
  • Professor Julius Rebek, Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute
  • Professor Cees Dekker, Nanophysics, TU Delft
  • Professor Subra Suresh, Materials Science and Biological Engineering, MIT
  • Professor Peter Greenberg, Microbiology, University of Washington
  • Honorary Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Ahmed Zewail, California Institute of Technology, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
  • Professor Nathan S Lewis, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
  • Professor Sajeev John, University of Toronto
  • Professor Howard A Stone, Fluid Mechanics, Princeton University
  • Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics Lene Vestergaard Hau, Harvard University
  • Professor Stanley N Cohen, School of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Professor Juan de Pablo,12 Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Professor Mario Molina, University of California, San Diego, Nobel Prize Winner13


Ørsted was a published writer and poet His poetry series Luftskibet "The Airship" was inspired by the balloon flights of fellow physicist and stage magician Étienne-Gaspard Robert14 Shortly before his death, he submitted a collection of articles for publication under the title "The Soul in Nature" The book presents Ørsted's life philosophy and views on a wide variety of issues15

See alsoedit

  • Biography portal
  • Oersted's law
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Thought experiment


  1. ^ a b rare-earth-magnetscom
  2. ^ "Oersted" Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  3. ^ Brian, RM & Cohen, RS 2007 Hans Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol 241
  4. ^ a b "Hans Christian Ørsted" Hebrew University of Jerusalem Retrieved 2009-08-14 
  5. ^ Hans Christian Ørsted 1997 Karen Jelved, Andrew D Jackson, and Ole Knudsen, translators from Danish to English Selected Scientific Works of Hans Christian Ørsted, ISBN 0-691-04334-5, pp421-445
  6. ^ Martins, Roberto de Andrade, "Resistance to the discovery of electromagnetism: Ørsted and the symmetry of the magnetic field", in: Fabio Bevilacqua & Enrico Giannetto eds, Volta and the History of Electricity, Pavia / Milano, Università degli Studi di Pavia / Editore Ulrico Hoepli, 2003, pp 245-265 Collana di Storia della Scienza ISBN 88-203-3284-1
  7. ^ Martins, Roberto de Andrade, "Romagnosi and Volta’s pile: early difficulties in the interpretation of Voltaic electricity", in Fabio Bevilacqua & Lucio Fregonese eds, Nuova Voltiana: Studies on Volta and his Times, Pavia / Milano, Università degli Studi di Pavia / Ulrico Hoepli, 2001, vol 3, pp 81-102
  8. ^ Stringari, Sandro; Robert R Wilson Romagnosi and the discovery of electromagnetism Accademia dei Lincei 
  9. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter O" PDF American Academy of Arts and Sciences Retrieved 8 September 2016 
  10. ^ "History of DTU" Technical University of Denmark Retrieved 2009-08-14 
  11. ^ Hugo de Man
  12. ^ Juan de Pablo
  13. ^ The HC Ørsted Lectures
  14. ^ National Museum of Denmark "The Soul in Nature: 1802" Accessed 30 July 2007
  15. ^ Hans Christian, Ørsted 1852 The soul in nature: with supplementary contributions H G Bohn 

Further readingedit

  • Brain, R M; et al 2007 Hans Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science Ideas, Disciplines, Practices Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 241 Dordrecht pp 273–338 
  • Christensen, D C 2013 Hans Christian Ørsted Oxford: Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-966926-4 
  • Bern Dibner 1962 Oersted and the discovery of electromagnetism, New York, Blaisdell
  • Ole Immanuel Franksen 1981 H C Ørsted – a man of the two cultures, Strandbergs Forlag, Birkerød, Denmark Note: Both the original Latin version and the English translation of his 1820 paper "Experiments on the effect of a current of electricity on the magnetic needle" can be found in this book

External linksedit

  • Media related to Hans Christian Ørsted at Wikimedia Commons
  • Physics Tree: Hans Christian Ørsted Details
  • Interactive Java Tutorial on Oersted's Compass Experiment National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • The soul in nature : with supplementary contributions, London: H G Bohn, 1852
  • Hans Christian Ørsted at Find a Grave
  •  "Oersted, Hans Christian" Encyclopedia Americana 1920 

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