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Edward Leamington Nichols

Edward Leamington Nichols
Born 14 September 1854
Leamington, England
Died November 10, 1937(1937-11-10)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Fields Physics
Institutions Johns Hopkins University
Thomas Edison laboratory
Central University of Kentucky
University of Kansas
Cornell University
American Physical Society
Doctoral advisor Johann Benedict Listing
Hermann von Helmholtz
Doctoral students Ernest Fox Nichols
Notable awards Elliott Cresson Medal (1927)

Edward Leamington Nichols (1854 – November 10, 1937) was an American physicist. He was born of American parentage at Leamington, England, and received his education at Cornell University, graduating in 1875. After Studying at Leipzig, Berlin, and Göttingen (Ph.D., 1879) he was appointed fellow in physics at Johns Hopkins. He then spent some time in the Thomas Edison laboratory at Menlo Park, N. J., and subsequently became professor of physics and chemistry in the Central University of Kentucky (1881), professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas (1883), and professor of physics at Cornell University (1887). He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1907) and of the American Physical Society (1907–08), and served as a member of the visiting committee of the United States Bureau of Standards. The degrees of LL.D. and Sc.D. were conferred on Professor Nichols by the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College respectively. He was the author of several college textbooks on physics. In 1927 he was awarded the Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal. In 1929 he was awarded the Frederic Ives Medal by the OSA. He was adviser of numerous outstanding scientists in Cornell University including Ernest Nichols, and Arthur Foley.[1] His PhD adviser was Johann Benedict Listing [2] in Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.


  • E. L. Nichols and the Physical Review 1
  • Obituaries 2
  • Writings 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

E. L. Nichols and the Physical Review

  • Founding of the Physical Review Cornell University, Ithaca New York


  • Ernest Merritt, Edward Leamington Nichols Physical Review, 53, 1 (1938).
  • Edward L. Nichols: 1854-1937, Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 42, 51 (1939)
  • Ernest Merritt, Biographical memoir of Edward Leamington Nichols Biographical memoirs of the National Academy of the Sciences, 21 (1940)


  • A laboratory manual of physics and applied electricity v. 1 (New York : Macmillan, 1894)
  • A laboratory manual of physics and applied electricity v. 2 (New York : Macmillan, 1894)
  • The galvanometer : a series of lectures ( New York : McIlroy & Emmet, 1894)
  • The elements of physics. A college text-book v. 1. Mechanics and heat (New York : Macmillan, 1896)
  • The elements of physics. A college text-book v. 2. Electricity and magnetism (New York : Macmillan, 1896)
  • The elements of physics. A college text-book v. 3. Light and sound (New York : Macmillan, 1896)
  • The outlines of physics: an elementary text-book (New York : Macmillan, 1897)
  • Questions and exercises to be used in connection with Outlines of physics, an elementary text-book (New York : Macmillan, 1897)
  • Studies in luminescence ( Washington DC, Carnegie Institution, 1912)
  • Fluorescence of the uranyl salts ( Washington DC, Carnegie Institution, 1919)


  1. ^ "Mathematics Genealogy Project (Edward Leamington Nichols)". 
  2. ^ "Mathematics Genealogy Project (Johann Benedict Listing)". 

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