Hans Christian Orsted

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Hans Christian Ørsted (1777-1851) was a physicist and chemist of Denmark, influenced by the thinking of Kant. In 1820 he discovered the relationship between electricity and magnetism in a very simple experiment. He demonstrated that a wire carrying a current was able to deflect a magnetised compass needel. Ørsted did not suggest any satisfactory explanation of the phenomena, nor did he try to represent the phenomena in mathematical framework.

In 1825 he made a significant contribution to chemistry by producing aluminum for the first time.

See also James Maxwell, physics.