André Marie Ampère Biography

Journalist, Scientist, Educator, Physicist (1775–1836)
André Marie Ampère was a French physicist and founder of electrodynamics (electromagnetism). The unit for measuring electric current was named for him.


Mostly self-educated, André Marie Ampère's father was guillotined during the French Revolution. After witnessing an experiment by Ørsted, Ampère developed theory to understand the relationship between electricity and magnetism. In recognition of his contribution to modern electrical science, the "ampere" was established as a standard unit of electrical measurement. He died in 1836.

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