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Johann Balmer Biography
Johann Jakob Balmer (May 1, 1825 March 12, 1898) was a Swiss mathematician.

Despite being a mathematician, he is not remembered for any work in that field; rather, his major contribution (made at the age of sixty) was an empirical formula for the spectral lines of the hydrogen atom. A full explanation of why the formula worked had to wait until the work of Niels Bohr.

Balmer lines and Balmer series are named after him.

A crater on the Moon is named after him.
 
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