Christian Huygens


When and where was Christian Huygens born

Christiaan Huygens was born on the 14th of April 1629 , Christiaan came from a wealthy and well known Dutch family, who served in the diplomatic service to the House of Orange.

Early life

As showed has very good in mathematics and drawing. In 1645 he went to the University of Leiden to study mathematics and law. Two years later he went to the College of Breda

Christiaan Huygens

Christiaan Huygens was a multi-tasking scientist and inventor. A student of mathematics, physics and astronomy, he made a number of significant contributions to each. A theorist (a person concerned with theoretical aspects) who gave us the wave theory of light, Huygens discovered Titan ( the largest satellite of Saturn) and explained Saturn's rings.

Christiaan Huygens discoveries

Telescope Lenses
In 1654, his attention was directed to the improvement of the telescope. Together with his brother, Christian Huygens devised a new and better way of grinding and polishing lenses. As a result of these improvements, Huygens was able during 1655 and 1656 to resolve numerous astronomical questions of the day including the fact that Saturn's rings were made of rocks and the presence of Titan.

Pendulum Clock and Watches

In 1656, Huygens invented the first pendulum clock, as described in his 1658 article "Horologium". The time-pieces previously in use had been balance-clocks, Chris Huygens' pendulum clock was regulated by a mechanism with a "natural" period of oscillation and had an error of less than 1 minute a day, the first time such accuracy had been achieved. His later refinements reduced his clock's errors to less than 10 seconds a day

Around 1675, Huygens developed the balance wheel and spring assembly, still found in some of today's wrist watches. This improvement allowed 17th century watches to keep time to 10 minutes a day. Watches or portable clocks had been invented early in the sixteenth century, however, they were clumsy and unreliable, being driven by a main spring and regulated by a conical pulley and verge escapement. The first watch whose motion was regulated by a balance spring was made in Paris under Huygens' directions, which he gave as a gift to Louis XIV the King of France.

Achromatic Eye-Piece
The increasing intolerance of the French Catholics for his science led to Christian Huygens' return to Holland in 1681. He then devoted himself to the construction of lenses of enormous focal length. Three telescopes he made with of focal lengths of 123 feet, 180 feet, and 210 feet, were given to the Royal Society of London where they remained. It was about this time that Christian Huygens discovered the achromatic eye-piece (for a telescope) which is named after him.

Christiaan Huygens impact on the world