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Thomas Young, English physicist and Egyptologist. Artist: GH Adcock
Thomas Young, English physicist and Egyptologist. By deciphering the Rosetta Stone, Young (1773-1829) made possible the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs. In physics he performed experiments which led him to the conclusion that light is made up of waves (undulatory (wave) theory of light). After a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence
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This print showcases the brilliant mind of Thomas Young, an influential figure in both physics and Egyptology. The artist, GH Adcock, skillfully captures the essence of this English physicist and Egyptologist who played a pivotal role in deciphering the Rosetta Stone. Young's groundbreaking work with the Rosetta Stone enabled the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs, unlocking centuries-old mysteries. His contributions to physics were equally significant as he conducted experiments that led him to propose the undulatory theory of light - a revolutionary concept at that time. In this portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence, Young's intellectual prowess is evident through his focused gaze and composed demeanor. The monochrome aesthetic adds depth and intensity to his image, emphasizing his dedication to scientific exploration. Born in England during the 18th century, Young's legacy continues to shape our understanding of ancient civilizations and illuminate our comprehension of light waves. This print serves as a reminder of his profound impact on multiple fields of study. The Oxford Science Archive proudly presents this remarkable engraving by G Adcock, paying homage to one of Britain's most renowned scientists. It stands as a testament to Young's unwavering commitment to unraveling complex mysteries while leaving an indelible mark on history.
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