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09/05/1931 American physicist Albert A. Michelson dies

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Nobel Prize Winner Albert Abraham Michelson

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SR1: The Light that will Light the Spark - The Michelson-Morley Experiment

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the Michelson-Morley experiment excerpt from UNDAUNTED

He is most known for his measurements of the speed of light. He designed the highly accurate Michelson interferometer and used it to establish the speed of light as a fundamental constant. In his time, light was supposed to travel in the aether, strange hypothetical undetectable medium. Michelson’s work showed that the aether does not exist. This opened the door for the theory of relativity.
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