Mike Carroll Dedicates Irvine Location Where "Speed of Light" Was Discovered

IRVINE, California - Today, Mike Carroll, Councilmember, City of Irvine, dedicated a historical marker on the Irvine site where the Speed of Light was discovered. "Did you know that the "c" in E=mc² - Einstein's Theory of Relativity - came from Irvine?" said Mike Carroll, Councilmember, City of Irvine.

"On behalf of the City of Irvine, I dedicate the new Michelson historical marker, in honor of renowned physicist Dr. Albert Michelson and his speed of light experiment. By bouncing light beams between mirrors at each end of the mile-long steel tube, he measured the time it took for light to travel a known distance.

"In 1931, Dr. Albert Einstein visited Dr. Michelson in Irvine. They discussed his experiment which helped develop Einstein's theory of relativity and famous E=mc² equation."

The historical marker was the result of a partnership between the City of Irvine, community volunteer Virginia Webber, UCI Physics Professor Roger McWilliams, property owner Emmes Realty, and local historians. 

You can visit the new historical marker, which is located at 1920 Main Street, Irvine.

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Mike Carroll (Councilmember, City of Irvine) is a devoted husband, parent of school-age children, and Irvine small business owner. Before joining the City Council, Mike was Vice Chair of the Planning Commission and Chair of the Community Services Commission. He is an Irvine Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, a founding board member of the Orange County Rescue Mission's free medical clinic, and the former President of the Vista Verde K-8 School Foundation. In 2019, Mike was a bipartisan appointment to the City Council and was elected to a four-year term in November 2020, receiving the second-highest number of votes in the City’s history. With over 318,000 residents, Irvine is a multi-award-winning master planned community and is the most diversely integrated and safest city in the nation. He is also Chairman of the Great Park, a 1,300-acre park with six million annual visits and over 500 acres completed to date, which is on track to become one of the great metropolitan parks in the country.