"Dr. Albert A. Michelson, 78, discoverer of the speed of light, and one of the greatest scientists of modern times, died here at 3 :10 p.m. Saturday. "Death came quietly to the man whose work made it possible to know the distance of the stars. "It came on the eve of success of what he called his 'last experiment,' the most precise and extensive in physics-the exact determination of the speed of light." So ran the opening paragraphs of a long and appreciative front page article in the Des Moines Sunday Register of May 10, 1931. And in a similar strain the press of the entire country told of the passing of this modest man of science, one of the greatest of modern times.
©1932 by Iowa State Teachers College
Kadesch, W. H.
"A Great American Scientist,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 4:
7, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/science_bulletin/vol4/iss7/3