John Tyndall

Timeline created by Kenneth T. Ward
  • John Tyndall's Birthday

    John Tyndall's Birthday
    John Tyndall was born on Aug. 2, 1820, at Leighlin Bridge, near Carlow, Ireland, where his father was a constable. Barton, Ruth. John Tyndall. 2 Dec. 2019,
  • Glacial Movement at the Poles!

    Glacial Movement at the Poles!
    Tyndall's first scientific research was undertaken in collaboration with Karl Knoblauch the behavior of crystalline bodies between the poles of a magnet; his very first article was published in a Philosophical Magazine in 1851. His research would help explain the movement of glaciers at the North & South Poles. “Tyndall, John.” Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography,, 13 May 2020,
  • The Tyndall Effect

    The Tyndall Effect
    John Tyndall, through experimentation, was able to help us understand why our sky is blue. When light passes through a clear liquid holding small particles of dust or debris, the blue light is scattered much more strongly than the red light. This observation was the initial steps in explaining why our sky might be blue. The case was eventually settled by Albert Einstien in 1911.
  • "Greenhouse Effect"

    "Greenhouse Effect"
    John Tyndall's theory on how CO2 and water vapor that is trapped in the Earth's atmosphere can raise the temperature. This was groundbreaking, Tyndall is considered the forefather of climate change and how we view changes in climate and weather due to greenhouse gases. This photo was the first ratio spectrophotometer, which was built by Tyndall and used at the Royal Institution to study absorption of radiation by gases and vapors.
  • Internal Reflection of LIght

    Internal Reflection of LIght
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    The video shows light traveling through a stream of water flowing from a pipe through a mechanism, or "Internal Reflection of Light." This formed the basis of modern optical fiber technology which is widely used today in telecommunications, the internet, cable television and medtech. “Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems.” Tyndall National Institute,
  • John Tyndall passes away

    John Tyndall passes away
    John Tyndall used a drug for insomnia called chloral hydrate. John Tyndall died at the age of 73, December 4th, 1893 from an overdose administered by his wife. Tyndall was bed-ridden and realized what his wife had done, and said "My darling, you have killed your John." Thompson, Valerie. “A Long-Awaited Biography Does Justice to John Tyndall, a Pioneering Climate Researcher and Science Advocate.” Books, Et Al., 13 June 2018,
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    Introducing Dr. John Tyndall

    In 1848, Tyndall entered the University of Marburg, Germany. He received his doctorate two years later. He then succeeded his successor Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution, and in 1867 became superintendent. “Who Was John Tyndall? Everything You Need to Know.” Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline, (2017)
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    In 1853, Tyndall was awarded the Royal Medal
    In 1864, Tyndall received the Rumford Medal by the Royal Society “Who Was John Tyndall? Everything You Need to Know.” Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline, (2017)