The Victorian era

Kevin Humagain

Science Progression

The Victorian era was named after Queen Victoria. The era lasted from June 20 1837 to January 22 1901. The Victorian era was a period of science, it was finally seen as a profession. Many discoveries were made such as physics, astronomy, natural history and medicine.

Charles Wheatstone was a inventor and scientist. Wheatstone had many breakthroughs, the English concertina, stereoscope, and playfair cipher. Wheatstone is best know for Wheatstone bridge, which was made for measuring electrical resistance. Charles Wheatstone conducted an experiment where they measured the velocity of electricity in a wire. To start it he cut the wire through the center and connected to the poles of a Leyden jar. Three sparks were produced one at the the end and in the center. If the Sparks were instantaneous the reflection work led appear in an line. His results gave a velocity of 288,000 mps.

Connection to Present Day

Like the light bulb email was also an invention that changed the world. Email was the first way of communication through a computer. The first email was sent in 1972 and was successful. These two inventions has progressed our technology.


One of the scientific discovery was that diseases may be caused by microorganisms. John Snow, a physician, tracked a cholera disease which was a breakthrough. French chemist Louis Pastern was serious about the gee theory disease. BritiN surgeon Joseph Lister started the use of antiseptics which later improved hospital hygiene.

Fun Facts

  1. The Victorian era was a long period of peace and was known as Pax Britannica
  2. Thomas Edison was known as "Wizard of Merlo Park"
  3. "The term 'scientist' was a Victorian discovery..."
  4. Carbonized Cotton sewing thread was the filament in a light bulb
  5. Edison was not the first to make a light bulb


Thomas Edison created his own telegraph with Samuel F. B. Morse. After many tries they finally were able to send/receive messages on the device which is now a telephone. He soon decided to create a light bulb. Thomas Edison was successful on October 21 1879. Edison's discoveries has led to more discoveries by the many other scientists.


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