Thomas Young


Thomas Young was a remarkable polymath who, as well as working as a physician and contributing widely to the history and practice of medicine, demonstrated that light is a wave, worked out the mechanisms of colour vision and became a leading expert on deciphering hieroglyphic script.

Keywords: wave theory of light; colour vision; elasticity; hieroglyphic script; history of medical practice

Further Reading

Robinson A (2006) The Last Man Who Knew Everything. New York: Pi Press.

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Weatherall, DJ(Mar 2009) Thomas Young. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003605]