Oersted Magnetic Needle, Electromagnetism, 1820

Oersted Magnetic Needle, Electromagnetism, 1820

C039/1342 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 40.8MB

Downloadable file size: 1.6MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: Science Source/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Deviation of the magnetic needle by current of battery. Hans Christian Oersted (August 14, 1777 - March 9, 1851) was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields. In 1820 he noticed a compass needle deflected from magnetic north when an electric current from a battery was switched on and off, showing a relationship between electricity and magnetism. His initial interpretation was that magnetic effects radiate from all sides of a wire carrying an electric current, as do light and heat. He began more intensive investigations and published his findings, showing that an electric current produces a circular magnetic field as it flows through a wire. In 1825, Oersted made a significant contribution to chemistry by producing aluminium for the first time isolating the element via a reduction of aluminium chloride. The unit of magnetic induction (oersted) is named for him. He died in 1851 at the age of 73.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1800s, 1820, 1820s, 19th century, art, artwork, colorized, colourized, compass, compass needle, danish, electric, electric current, electrical, electricity, electro-magnetism, electromagnetism, engraving, enhanced, europe, european, famous, figuier, great inventions, hans christian oersted, historic, historical, history, illustration, important, invention, louis figuier, magnetic field, magnetic needle, magnetism, notable, orsted magnetic needle, physical, physics, well-known

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.