otto von guericke

Guericke

[gair-uh-kee, -kuh, gwair-; German gy-ri-kuh]
noun
Otto von [awt-oh-fuhn] , 1602–86, German physicist.
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Guericke (German ˈɡeːrikə)
 
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Otto von. 1602--86, German physicist: invented the air pump (1650) and demonstrated the power of a vacuum with the Magdeburg hemispheres

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otto von guericke

German physicist, engineer, and natural philosopher who invented the first air pump and used it to study the phenomenon of vacuum and the role of air in combustion and respiration.

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