The Great Westmen:

Science and Technology
Hans Christian Oersted

Featured Accomplishment: Discovery that an electric current creates a magnetic force.

Danish physicist and chemist
Born: August 14, 1777, Rudkøbing, Denmark
Died: March 9, 1851, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Hans Christian Oersted began a new scientific epoch when he discovered that electricity and magnetism are linked. He showed by experiment that an electric current flowing through a wire could move a nearby magnet. The discovery that an electric current could create a magnetic force set the stage for the eventual development of our modern technology-based world.

   Oersted also discovered the chemical compound piperine and achieved the first isolation of the element aluminum.

   The unit of magnetic field strength, the Oersted (in the centimeter-gram-second system of units), is named in his honour.