Ten fun facts about Kristian Birkeland


Fact 1
Birkeland wrote his first scientific paper at the age of 18.

Fact 2
Though it is unknown if it was purposeful or an accident, his cause of death may have been from an overdose of Veronal.

Fact 3
His theory of the aurora was initially doubted by scientists but is now accepted as a mainstream theory.


Fact 4
It is said that he valued work more than anything else, so his marriage only last from 1905 to 1911.

Fact 5
He conducted a failed attempt at inventing an cannon or an aerial torpedo.

Fact 6
He was one of the first people to predict that plasma was present everywhere in space in 1913.

Fact 7
In 1922 he joined the Norwegian Society for Psychic Research.

Fact 8
It is believed he was also the first person to say that the Solar Wind is made of positive and negative ions.

Fact 9
He was nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times.

Fact 10
His theories, now called the Birkeland currents, weren't proven to be correct until 1967.


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