Reference numberMC/1/47
TitleLetter from Placidus Heinrich, professor in experimental physics, Regensburg, to Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society
Date4 March 1816
DescriptionRegarding Count Rumford's testamentary wish to fund with his estate a biennial prize for the best work on light and heat. Heinrich's submitted dissertation is titled 'de Natura et Proprietatibus luminis, Petropoli corporum [On the Nature and Qualities of Light]'. A note references the editor of 'Journal de Chimie et de Physique', Professor Schweigger, who is presenting an extract of Heinrich's work 'Sur la phosphorescence des corps' [On the phosphoresence of the body].
Heinrich makes additional reference to Austrian ambassador Prince Esterházy's support for his correspondence with the Society.
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Fellows associated with this archive
NA8287Thompson; Benjamin (1753 - 1814); Count Rumford; physicist1753 - 1814
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