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Albert A. Michelson

Albert A. MichelsonBorn December 19 1852 at Strzelno, Kingdom of Prussia

Died May 9 1931 at Pasadena California

Albert Michelson was an immigrant boy who spent much of his childhood in Virginia City and was appointed by President Grant to the Naval Academy from Nevada in 1869. He resigned from the Navy in 1883 to teach physics and in 1907 was the first American to be awarded a Nobel Prize in the sciences for Physics, principally for measuring the speed of light.