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The first American to win a Nobel Prize for scientific research, A.A. Michelson developed precision optical instruments.

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A.A. Michelson

A.A. Michelson developed an interferometer and measured the speed of light.

He earned the 1907 Nobel Prize in physics for his efforts to measure and analyze light, the first American to receive the award. (Photo: AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, W. F. Meggers Gallery of Nobel Laureates)

(Courtesy of AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, W. F. Meggers Gallery of Nobel Laureates)