Joseph Lovering

Joseph Lovering (25 December 1813 – 18 January 1892) was an American scientist and educator.

Joseph Lovering
Lovering circa 1868–1875
Born25 December 1813
Died18 January 1892
Boston, Massachusetts
Alma materHarvard University
(A.B., 1833)
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard University
Academic advisorsBenjamin Peirce
Doctoral studentsJohn Trowbridge


Lovering graduated from Harvard in 1833. In 1838, he was named Hollis Professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Harvard. He held this chair until 1888, when he was appointed Professor Emeritus, after 50 years service. He was acting regent of the university (1853–1854) and succeeded Felton as regent.

He was director of Jefferson Physical Laboratory from 1884 to 1888, and was associated with the Harvard College Observatory, especially in the joint observations of the United States and the London Royal Society on terrestrial magnetism.

From 1869 to 1873 he served as corresponding secretary, from 1873 to 1880 vice president, and from 1880 to 1881 president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He contributed to numerous scientific publications, prepared a volume on The Aurora Borealis (1873), and edited a new edition of Professor John Farrar's Electricity and Magnetism (1842).


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    Academic offices
    Preceded by
    John Farrar
    Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy
    Succeeded by
    Benjamin Osgood Peirce
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