unit of electrical energy, 1882, coined in recognition of British physicist James P. Joule (1818-1889).
joule (jōōl, joul)
The International System unit of electrical, mechanical, and thermal energy.
A unit of electrical energy equal to the work done when a current of 1 ampere is passed through a resistance of 1 ohm for 1 second.
A unit of energy equal to the work done when a force of 1 newton acts through a distance of 1 meter.
|Joule, James Prescott 1818-1889. |
British physicist who demonstrated that heat is a form of energy. His work established the law of conservation of energy, stating that energy is never destroyed but may be converted from one form into another. The joule unit of energy is named for him.