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The History of Spectroscopy as Illustrated on Stamps

Volume 37, Number 3 (June 1983) Page 219-225

Miller, Foil A.


Spectroscopy in all its variations has probably been the most valuable of all experimental techniques in the development of physics and chemistry. Its history is a fascinating story which can be traced quite well through postage stamps. There are some gaps; for example, no country seems to have yet honored Fraunhofer, Bunsen, Rydberg, or Angstrom with a stamp. Nevertheless the coverage is surprisingly complete, and most aspects of the history can be illustrated in a colorful and interesting way.