Physics was a required course at Harvard College by 1642. At that time, the text was by Aristotle.
In 1726, Thomas Hollis of London endowed a professorship in "Mathematicks and Experimental Philosophy" and also donated a shipment of scientific apparatus. In 1738 the second occupant of the Hollis chair, John Winthrop, introduced his students to Newton's Principia, although, from a surviving manuscript, it is not clear whether he completely grasped Newton's Laws. Still, he made history as one of the first American observers of astronomical phenomena, such as the transits of Venus.
Count Rumford (originally Benjamin Thompson of Woburn, Massachusetts), who is said to have bootlegged physics courses at Harvard when still a poor boy, became one of the discoverers of the Law of Conservation of Energy, and left the endowment for the Rumford Professorship in 1814. The Jefferson Physical Laboratory was born under the ascending star of experimental inquiry, as reflected in triumphant 19th-century terms by Pasteur.
As is so often the case, the whole enterprise was realized when the dream of an academic met with the encouragement of an administrator and the support of philanthropists. The Laboratory opened its doors in 1884; it is the oldest of its kind in the United States, designed specifically for physics research as well as for instruction.-harvard.edu #usa #surigaonon #backpacker #solotravel #travel #budgettravel #surigao 02/17 #pinoybackpacker #pinoytraveler #backpacking #backpackers #backpackerlife #bisaya #thesurigaononbackpacker #laagan #boston #massachusetts #streetphotography #harvardsquare #harvarduniversity #harvardphysics