James Rainwater


James Rainwater

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birth_place = Council, Idaho
death_date = Death date and age|1986|5|31|1917|12|9
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workplaces = Columbia University
Manhattan Project
alma_mater = Columbia University
Caltech
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awards = Nobel Prize in Physics (1975)
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award (1963)
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Leo James Rainwater (December 9, 1917 – May 31, 1986) was an American physicist who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1975 for his part in determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei. [ [http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1975/index.html The Nobel Prize in Physics 1975] ]

Biography

Rainwater was born in December 9, 1917 in Council, Idaho but later moved to Hanford, California after the death of his father to the great influenza epidemic of 1918. He received his bachelor’s degree from California Institute of Technology in 1939 as a physics major, then went on to earn a PhD at Columbia University in 1946.

During World War II, he worked on the atomic bomb project. In 1949, he began developing his theory that, contrary to what was then believed, not all atomic nuclei are spherical. His ideas were later tested and confirmed by Bohr’s and Mottelson’s experiments. Rainwater also contributed to the scientific understanding of x-rays and participated in Atomic Energy Commission and naval research projects. He joined the physics faculty at Columbia in 1946, where he reached the rank of full professor in 1952. He was named Pupin Professor of Physics in 1982. Rainwater also received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for Physics in 1963.

Rainwater died on May 31, 1986.

References

External links

* [http://www.osti.gov/accomplishments/rainwater.html Photograph, Biography and Bibliographic Resources] , from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
* [http://physics.nobel.brainparad.com/james_rainwater.html James Rainwater]
* [http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1975/rainwater-autobio.html James Rainwater – Autobiography]
* [http://jamesrainwater.net/ Leo James Rainwater]


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