On this day, December 17th, 1797, Joseph Henry, a physicist in born in Albany, New York. Henry served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was also a founding member of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, which was a precursor to the Smithsonian. He was well regarded in his lifetime and became known for electromagnetic induction, the precursor to the electric doorbell and electric relay. The elementary school he attended in Galway, New York was later named the Joseph Henry Elementary School in his honor.