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Edward Leamington Nichols

Born: Sep 14, 1854

Death: Nov 10, 1937

Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa

Nationality: United States

Edward Leamington Nichols

Date of Birth : Sep 14, 1854
Date of Death : Nov 10, 1937
Birth Place : Royal Leamington Spa

Edward Leamington Nichols was an American physicist. He was born of American parentage at Leamington, England, and received his education at Cornell University, graduating in 1875. After Studying at Leipzig, Berlin, and Gottingen he was appointed fellow in physics at Johns Hopkins. He then spent some time in the Thomas Edison laboratory at Menlo Park, N. J., and subsequently became professor of physics and chemistry in the Central University of Kentucky, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, and professor of physics at Cornell University. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society, and served as a member of the visiting committee of the United States Bureau of Standards. The degrees of LL.D. and Sc.D. were conferred on Professor Nichols by the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College respectively. He was the author of several college textbooks on physics. In 1927 he was awarded the Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal. In 1929 he was awarded the Frederic Ives Medal by the OSA.

Also known as


  • E. L. Nichols

Awards Won


  • Elliott Cresson Medal
  • Rumford Prize
  • Frederic Ives Medal
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