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This Week in Physics History: August 11 - 17

By August 11, 2008

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  • Aug. 13, 1814 - Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Angstrom is born. His pioneering work in the field of spectroscopy, such as being the first to analyze the aurora borealis, resulted in the unit of measurement called the angstrom - used in spectroscopy & crystallography to measure the wavelength of light.
  • Aug. 13, 1819 - Irish mathematician & physicist Sir George Gabriel Stokes is born. Stokes' major contributions were to the fields of mathematical physics, fluid dynamics, and optics.
  • Aug. 12, 1887 - Austrian-Irish physicist Erwin Schrodinger is born. Schrodinger received the 1933 Nobel Prize in physics (along with Paul Dirac) for his contributions to quantum mechanics, including the Schrodinger equation, which defines the potential states of quantum systems. Two years after receiving the Nobel, Schrodinger developed the famous "Schrodinger's Cat" thought experiment, which outlines many of the philosophical and practical issues when expanding quantum intuitions to a macroscopic system.
  • Aug. 15, 1892 - French physicist Louis de Broglie is born. He is best known for his doctoral thesis which outlined the de Broglie hypothesis, a crucial concept in understanding wave particle duality, and ultimately earned him the 1929 Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • Aug. 14, 1958 - French physicist Frederic Joliot-Curie dies. Frederic married Irene, the daughter of Nobel laureate Marie Curie, and went on to earn the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with Irene) for work in analyzing the structure of the atomic nucleus, especially a key step in discovering the neutron.
  • Aug. 12, 1989 - American physicist and inventor William Bradford Shockley dies. Shockley co-invented the transistor, for which he received the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. It was in part due to Shockley's commercialization of the transistor that "Silicon Valley" came into being.


August 16, 2008 at 10:47 pm
(1) annonomous says:

hi. i like.
talk about momentum, impulse, friction and inertia next time. Thankyou come again.

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