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Thomas Mendenhall (1841-1924), US physicist and meteorologist. Although entirely self-taught Mendenhall became professor of physics at Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1873. In 1878 he moved to Tokyo Imperial University where he founded a meteorological observatory and the Seismological Society of Japan. While in Japan he made a number of measurements of gravity at sea level and the summit of Mount Fuji that he used to calculate the mass of the Earth.
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