August Seebeck

Physicist, Deceased Person

1805 – 1849

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Who was August Seebeck?

Prof. Dr. phil. August Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm Seebeck was a scientist at the Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden.

Seebeck is primarily remembered for his work on sound and hearing, in particular with experiments with an acoustic siren that demonstrated that the pitch of a tone did not depend on the tone having a fundamental frequency component of the pitch frequency. His observations and theories are now highly regarded, but historically suffered in the battle with Ohm and Helmholtz, who took a Fourier analysis view of the sound of tones.

With respect to Ohm's acoustic law, historians have concluded that Seebeck "successfully discredited the hypothesis and forced Ohm to withdraw from the field."

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Born
1805
Nationality
  • Germany
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Died
1849

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on July 23, 2013

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