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Léon Foucault

Léon Foucault (1819–1868)
Born 18 September 1819
Paris, Kingdom of France
Died 11 February 1868(1868-02-11) (aged 48)
Paris, Second French Empire
Residence France
Nationality French
Fields Physics
Institutions Paris Observatory
Alma mater University of Paris
Known for Foucault pendulum, eddy currents
Notable awards Copley Medal (1855)

The phenomenon develops calmly, but it is invisible, unstoppable. One feels, one sees it born and grow steadily; and it is not in one's power to either hasten or slow it down.
Leon Foucault
Any person, brought into the presence of this fact, stops for a few moments and remains pensive and silent; and then generally leaves, carrying with him forever a sharper, keener sense of our incessant motion through space.
Leon Foucault