August Kundt

August Kundt

name = August Kundt

image_width = 196px
caption = August Adolf Eduard Eberhard Kundt
birth_date = birth date|1839|11|18|df=y
birth_place = Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany
nationality = German
death_date = death date and age|1894|5|21|1839|11|18|df=y
death_place = Israelsdorf, Lübeck, Germany
field = Physicist
work_institution = Berlin University
Zürich Polytechnic
alma_mater = Berlin University
doctoral_advisor = Heinrich Gustav Magnus
influenced = Richard Adolf Zsigmondy
doctoral_students = Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
Franz S. Exner
Karl Ferdinand Braun
known_for = Magneto-optics
Anomalous dispersion
prizes =
footnotes =

August Adolf Eduard Eberhard Kundt (18 November 1839 – 21 May 1894) was a German physicist.

Kundt was born at Schwerin in Mecklenburg. He began his scientific studies at Leipzig, but afterwards went to Berlin University. At first he devoted himself to astronomy, but coming under the influence of H. G. Magnus, he turned his attention to physics, and graduated in 1864 with a thesis on the depolarization of light.

In 1867 he became privatdozent in Berlin University, and in the following year was chosen professor of physics at the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, where he was the teacher of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen; then, after a year or two at Würzburg, he was called in 1872 to Strasburg, where he took a great part in the organization of the new university, and was largely concerned in the erection of the Physical Institute. Finally in 1888 he went to Berlin as successor to H. von Helmholtz in the chair of experimental physics and directorship of the Berlin Physical Institute. He died after a protracted illness at Israelsdorf, near Lübeck, on 21 May 1894.

As an original worker, Kundt was especially successful in the domains of sound and light. In 1866, he developed a valuable method for the investigation of aerial waves within pipes, based on the fact that a finely divided powder, lycopodium for example, when dusted over the interior of a tube in which is established a vibrating column of air, tends to collect in heaps at the nodes, the distance between which can thus be ascertained. An extension of the method renders possible the determination of the velocity of sound in different gases. This experimental apparatus is called a Kundt's Tube. In light, Kundt's name is widely known for his inquiries in anomalous dispersion, not only in liquids and vapors, but even in metals, which he obtained in very thin films by means of a laborious process of electrolytic deposition upon platinized glass. He also carried out many experiments in magneto-optics, and succeeded in showing what Faraday had failed to detect, the rotation under the influence of magnetic force of the plane of polarization in certain gases and vapors.



NAME= Kundt, August Adolf Eduard Eberhard
DATE OF BIRTH= 18 November 1839
PLACE OF BIRTH= Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany
DATE OF DEATH= 21 May 1894
PLACE OF DEATH= Israelsdorf, Lübeck, Germany

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