Hans Christian Ørsted
- March 9
) was a Danish physicist
, influenced by the thinking of Immanuel Kant
. In 1820
he discovered the relationship between electricity
in a very simple experiment
. He demonstrated that a wire carrying a current was able to deflect a magnetised compass
needle. Ørsted did not suggest any satisfactory explanation of the phenomenon, nor did he try to represent the phenomenon in a mathematical framework.
In 1825 he made a significant contribution to chemistry by producing aluminum for the first time.
See also: James Clerk Maxwell, physics.