Ten fun facts about Leon Foucault
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Though he did not create the gyroscope, he is credited for naming it.
He has an asteroid named after him, called the 5668 Foucault.
He tried studying medicine, but when he realized he had a fear of blood, he turned to physics.
The Foucault Pendulum was the name of the pendulum he used in the experiment that proved the Earth did rotate.Fact 5
His experiment in 1850 helped provide further proof of Newton's corpuscular theory of light, or that light travels slower through water than air.Fact 6
In 1864, he became a member of the Royal Society of London.Fact 7
Another experiment he conducted, showed that by using a thin film of silver on the glass of a telescope, you could view the sun.Fact 8
He was the first person to correctly define the speed of light in 1862.Fact 9
In 1855, he became a physicist to the Imperial Observatory, where he made improvements on telescopes.Fact 10
When he was 9, his father passed away and he was raised by his mother. Go to more people facts ❯
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