The physicist Albert Michelson died at the age of 78. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Nobel Prize winning physicist who measured the speed of light, which laid the foundation for the Theory of Relativity. In his long and important career he also received he Copley Medal in 1907, the Henry Draper Medal in 1916 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1923.
His family moved to the U.S. when he was two, eventually settling in San Francisco.