Augustin-Jean Fresnel

Physicist, Academic

1788 – 1827

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Who was Augustin-Jean Fresnel?

Augustin-Jean Fresnel, was a French engineer and physicist who contributed significantly to the establishment of the theory of wave optics. Fresnel studied the behaviour of light both theoretically and experimentally.

He is perhaps best known as the inventor of the Fresnel lens, first adopted in lighthouses while he was a French commissioner of lighthouses, and found in many applications today. His Fresnel equations on waves and reflectivity also form the basis for many applications in computer graphics today - for instance, the rendering of water.

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Born
May 10, 1788
Broglie, Eure
Also known as
  • Augustin Jean Fresnel
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • École Polytechnique
Lived in
  • Eure
Died
Jul 14, 1827
Ville-d'Avray

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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