André’s name is remembered in the unit of electric current: the amp.

  • Born: Lyons — 22ndJanuary 1775
  • Died: Marseilles — 10thJune 1836
  • Physicist
  • Contributions to electrodynamics
  • Fellow of the Royal Society

André held some interesting posts. He had composed a treatise on conic sections (ask your maths teacher about these) by the age of 13. He was Professor of Physics at Bourg, and Lyons. He was later appointed Insector General of the Imperial University and Professor of Mechanics at the Collège de France. His classic contribution to science was entitled Mémoire sur la théorie mathématique des phénomènes électrodynamiques uniquement déduite de l’expérience.

So who was he?

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