Georg Simon Ohm

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Born: March 16, 1789

Died: July 6, 1854

Georg was born in Germany. His father was a master mechanical engineer he taught Georg basic practical skills. While he was young Ohm wanted to become a scientist and work at one of the Universities in Germany. He studied at the University of Erlangen and by the time he was 24 he began teaching physics and mathematics at the Realschule in Bamberg. He stayed there for 4 years before becoming a professor of Mathematics for the Jesuit's college at Cologne in 1817.


Georg's main interest was in current electricity. He made his own metal wire with ranges of different thickness. The nine years he spent at Jesuit's college he did a vast about of research and experimenting on electrical circuits. Through his research he discovered that the current flow through a conductor is directly proportional to the voltage and inversely proportional to the resistance. Which was later named after him as "Ohm's Law."


Ohm's findings even helped others with their discoveries. Thomas Edison had to find the right resistance to make a light bulb glow. Which is something we use everyday to live. However, Ohm received no credit for his discoveries until he was made the director of the school in Nuremberg. The Royal Society later recognized him for his work and awarded him the Copley Medal.