Jewish Refugee Scientist Makes Discovery Which May Bring New Era in Technology
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Jewish Refugee Scientist Makes Discovery Which May Bring New Era in Technology

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Prof. Felix Ehrenhaft, a Jewish professor of physics at the University of Vienna, who fled from Austria when Hitler came to power, has made a discovery, which some scientists predicted today, may mean the ushering in of a new era in technology.

News of the discovery came at a meeting of the American Physical Society at Columbia University at which the refugee professor presented lantern slides showing the existence of pure magnetic currents. The corroboration of his experiments, scientists who were present at the demonstration, said, would mark one of the greatest evolutions in technology, ranking with the discovery of the principle of the dynamo, Michael Farraday a century ago.

Prof. Ehrenhaft was born in Vienna in 1879. He was appointed assistant professor at the University of Vienna in 1911 and associate professor in 1920. In 1913, he invented an apparatus for the atomizing of conductive fluids into gases by means of deltoid. In 1907, he discovered the Brownian movements of the molecules in gases and in 1918, positive and negative photophoreis (transportation of very minute particles by light.) Another of his discoveries was a condenser to observe the individual microscopic and sub-microscopic particles and to measure the electric charges of the individual particles.

The new discovery for which the refugee professor offered evidence at the meeting of scientists at Columbia University was said by those present to establish that not only electric currents but also magnetic currents flow through the universe." The leading scientist who was present said that assuming the correctness of Prof. farenhaft’s experiments, we may look forward to the unfoldment of an entirely new chapter in the world of industrial science. "It would mean, he declared "that we would double the possibilities for building machines – for every electrical machine now in existence we would be able to build a machine utilizing magnetic instead of electric current."

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