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Inventor of the trumpet automaton, several musical automata, and the harmonichord. Clockmaker, instrument maker and musician in Dresden. Founder of the cabinet of acoustics in Dresden.

1785
1866
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2012. “Introduction To Resonance With Artifacts From The National Museum Of American History”. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn93ure-Fa8.
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Chladni, Ernst Florens Friedrich. 2012. “Chladni Plate Demonstration From The National Museum Of American History”. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. https://youtu.be/KEttRmu2kGk.
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Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica,. (17 August 2015AD) 2015. “Manometric Capsule, Resonance, Koenig Sound Analyzer”. Florence, Italy: Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHdL-65dkkY.
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Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica,. (17 August 2015AD) 2015. “Recording The Vibrations Of Tuning Forks”. Florence, Italy: Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7A4jyFG7hE.
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Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica,. (17 August 2015AD) 2015. “Demonstration Of A Disk Siren”. Florence, Italy: Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OHfQLtMWWc.
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Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica,. (17 August 2015AD) 2015. “Sounds, Vibrations, And Marloye's Harp”. Florence, Italy: Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dro3_nwwUcI&list=PLslExxbg3O-fAeclmcjO0LId_xADwxalv&index=5.
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Chladni was a physicist whose work focused on experimental acoustics. He invented the “Chladni figure” and various instruments. Until his death, he continued to travel and present his inventions and findings to a wide audience.

1756
1827
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Franz Max Osswald, born in Winterthur, graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1905 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (E.T.H.). In 1924, he installed a laboratory for applied acoustics at E.T.H. After completing his habilitation in 1928, he served as the first acoustician at a polytechnic, teaching as a "Privatdozent." Osswald described his discipline as an indispensable complement to architecture, technology, and hygiene.

1879
1944
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Colladon was an important physicist working in Switzerland and France. His experiments on the compression of air and liquids, the speed of sound in acoustic signals, and atmospheric electricity brought him academic success and made him a sought-after consulting engineer for gas factories and tunnel construction.

1802
1893