Julius Robert von Mayer Biography

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Robert Julius von Mayer was a brilliant but unlucky man. He was the originator of the concept of conservation of energy, now considered the first law of thermodynamics, as well as the first person to determine the mechanical equivalent of heat. He was a physician by training and did not have a reputation as a scholar in the scientific community. Thus, it was up to later scientists to "rediscover" the landmark research Mayer had performed years earlier.

Mayer was born in Heilbronn, Germany, in 1814. He was the youngest son of an apothecary, and the only son who chose not to enter his father's profession. He enrolled at the University of Tübingen and, despite being expelled in 1837 for his participation in a secret society, received his medical degree in 1838. In 1840 he signed on as a ship's doctor for a vessel sailing to the East Indies.

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