Physicists and astronomers
British engineer who gave his name to the unit for
power.Wheatstone, Sir Charles
Invented the Wheatstone bridge as a method of comparing and measuring resistances.
Measured the speed of electric discharge in conductors. Invented the electric telegraph first
installed commercially in 1838.Wien, Wilhelm
physicist. His work on the energy distribution in black body radiation led directly to the
development of the quantum theory. Nobel Prize in 1911 for discovering this
law.Wilson, Charles Thomson Rees
Invented the cloud chamber (1911). Received the Nobel prize for this work in
1927.Wolf, Maximillian Franz
Discovered Wolf-Rayet stars. Discovered a minor planet by photography. Discovered more
than 1000 dark nebulae.
wave theory of light. Interference. Elasticity. Interpretation of Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Discovered the action of the ciliary muscles of the eye and the phenomenon of
Netherlands physicist. Discovered and xxplained the splitting of spectral lines in a magnetic field - the effect named after him.
Director of the Amsterdam Physics laboratory for thirty five years.
Nobel prize for Physics in 1902.