Quiz 7 - Thomas Young (June 14, 1773 May 10, 1829) was an...

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Thomas Young (June 14, 1773 – †May 10, 1829) was an English scientist, researcher, physician and polymath. He is sometimes considered to be "the last person to know everything": that is, he was familiar with virtually all the contemporary Western academic knowledge at that point in history. Young also wrote about various subjects to contemporary editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica. His learning was so prodigious in scope and breadth that he was popularly known as "Phenomenon Young.". In physics, Young is perhaps best known for his work in physical optics, as the author of series of research which did much to establish the wave theory of light, and as the discoverer of the interference of light. Young also devised Young's modulus, a measure of the stiffness of a material . Young was also one of the first who successfully deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs; by 1814 he had completely translated the text of the Rosetta Stone. Young compared grammar and vocabulary of 400 languages. In 1813 he introduced the term Indo-
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