Top 12 Measurement Namesakes

These measurements were named after the people who discovered them

  1. Ampere – measure of electrical current – named after André-Marie Ampère (French, 1775-1836).
  2. Bel/decibel – measure of sound – named after Alexander Graham Bell (Scots/USA, 1847-1922).
  3. Celsius – temperature measure – named for Andreas Celsius (Swedish, 1701-1744).
  4. Curie – measure of radiation – named after Marie Curie (Polish/French, 1861-1934).
  5. Fahrenheit – measure of temperature – named after Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (German, 1686-1736).
  6. Joule – measure of energy – named after James Prescott Joule (British, 1818-1889).
  7. Kelvin – temperature measure – named after William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (British, 1824-1907).
  8. Mohs’ scale – measures hardness – named after Friedrich Mohs (German, 1773-1839).
  9. Ohm/Mho – measures electrical resistance – named after Georg Ohm (German, 1787-1854).
  10. Richter scale – measures earthquakes – named after Charles Francis Richter (USA, 1900-1985).
  11. Volt – measure of electromagnetic force – named after Alessandro Volta (Italian, 1745-1827).
  12. Watt – measure of power – named after James Watt (British, 1736-1819).