Fresnel, Augustin Jean

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Augustin Jean, French physicist, 1788-1827.
Fresnel lens - a lens with a surface consisting of a concentric series of zones that duplicate the power of a lens or prism but with less thickness. Synonym(s): Fresnel prism; lighthouse lens
Fresnel prism - Synonym(s): Fresnel lens
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Levitt presents Augustin Fresnel as an unlikely hero of this era.
In the 1800s, Augustin Fresnel, a French scientist, designed a series of lenses and prisms that focused light into a single powerful beam.
The early 19th century French physicist Augustin Fresnel (pronounced "Freh-Nel") made an important observation about the behavior of light.