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Re: Who was the first person to observe the 'Visible Spectrum'?

Date: Fri Feb 27 16:01:28 1998
Posted By: John Haberman, Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Center, Greenbelt MD
Area of science: Physics
ID: 887161351.Ph

    The identity of the "first" person to observe the visible spectrum 
will forever remain a mystery since this observation occurred in ancient 

    The visible spectrum occurs often naturally.  A rainbow is a leading 
example.  You can also see the spectrum if you view light through a clear 
diamond or a clear piece of quartz.  One also sees the spectrum in an oil 
film on water.

John Haberman

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