A Brief History of Electricity, Magnetism, and Radio Science in Finland

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Abstract

This letter reviews historical milestones concerning the studies of electricity, magnetism, and radio science in Finland. Even if the first university on Finnish ground started as early as 1640, the first dissertation concerning electricity was not defended (by Gustav Polviander) until 1772. The discovery of electromagnetism in the early 19th century inspired Johan Jacob Nervander to design a sensitive galvanometer, and the invention of wireless communication brought radio waves to Finland with the experiments of A. S. Popov. Since then, research and applications within the field have been expanding tremendously, resulting in a vibrant radio-science community in Finland.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalURSI Radio Science Letters
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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