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Biography of Sir Charles Wheatstone


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Wheatstone, Sir Charles. Was born at Gloucester in 1802. An eminent electrician and physicist, for many years professor of natural philosophy in King's College, London. Wheatstone was the first to introduce and to give practical application to the electric telegraph in England, his experiments having been made, in conjunction with Mr. Cooke, when he was quite unaware of the experiments being made about the same time by Professor Morse in America. He was also the inventor of the stereoscope. He received his knighthood in 1868, and was for some years a vice-president of the Royal Society, of which he had been elected a fellow in 1836. He twice received the Royal Medal at the Royal Society, and in 1868 won the Copley Medal. Died 1875.