Blondlot, René

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Blondlot, René Gender: M
Prosper-René Blondlot
born on 3 July 1849 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Nancy, France, 48n41, 6e12
Timezone LMT m6e12 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 11°37' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 22°01 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 27°22'


French physicist, best remembered for his mistaken "discovery" of N rays, a phenomenon that subsequently proved to be illusory.

In 1903, Blondlot announced that he had discovered N rays, a new species of radiation. The "discovery" attracted much attention over the following year until Robert W. Wood showed that the phenomena were purely subjective with no physical origin. The French Academy of Sciences awarded the Prix Leconte (₣50,000) for 1904 to Blondlot, although they hedged on the reason, citing the totality of his work rather than the discovery of N-rays.

He died, aged 81, on 24 November 1930 in Nancy.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

GraZia Bordoni's Science file quotes Gauquelin.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Science : Physics