Mi·chel·son (mīkəl-sən), Albert Abraham 1852-1931.
Prussian-born American physicist who with Edward Morley helped to disprove the existence of ether, the hypothetical medium of electromagnetic waves. He won a 1907 Nobel Prize in physics.
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