Thomson, George Paget
|born on||3 May 1892|
|Place||Cambridge, England, 52n13, 0e08|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
English physicist who was the joint recipient, with Clinton J. Davisson of the United States, of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1937 for demonstrating that electrons undergo diffraction, a behaviour peculiar to waves that is widely exploited in determining the atomic structure of solids and liquids.
The only son of the noted physicist and Nobel laureate Sir J.J. Thomson, he worked in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University after World War I. In 1922 he was appointed professor of natural philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, Scot., where he conducted experiments demonstrating that a beam of electrons is diffracted upon passage through a crystalline substance, thus confirming Louis de Broglie’s prediction. In 1930 Thomson became professor of physics at the Imperial College of Science in London; there he concentrated on studies of the neutron and nuclear fusion. He was knighted in 1943 and nine years later became master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from which he retired in 1962.
He died 10 September 1975.
- child->parent relationship with Thomson, J. J. (born 18 December 1856)
Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 1.42 GMT
- Vocation : Science : Physics
- Notable : Awards : Nobel prize
- Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (electron diffraction)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession