- George Paget Thomson
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name = Sir George Paget Thomson
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University of Aberdeen University of Cambridge Imperial College London
University of Cambridge
doctoral_advisor = John Strutt (Rayleigh)
Nobel Prize in Physics(1937)
Sir George Paget Thomson, FRS (
May 3, 1892– September 10, 1975) was an English physicistand Nobel Prize in Physicslaureate for his discovery with Clinton Davissonof the wave properties of the electron by electron diffraction.
Thomson was born in
Cambridge, England, the son of physicist and Nobel laureate J. J. Thomsonand Rose Elisabeth Paget, the daughter of the professor of medicine at the University of Cambridge. Thomson went to The Perse School, Cambridge before going onto read mathematicsand physicsat Trinity College, Cambridge, until the outbreak of World War Iin 1914, when he was commissioned into the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. After brief service in France, he worked on aerodynamicsat Farnborough and elsewhere. He resigned his commission as a Captainin 1920.
In 1924, Thomson married Kathleen Buchanan Smith, daughter of the Very Rev. Sir George Adam Smith. They had four children, two sons and two daughters. Kathleen died in 1941.
After briefly serving in the
First World WarThomson became a Fellowat Cambridge and then moved to the University of Aberdeen. George Thomson was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physicsin 1937 for his work in Aberdeen in discovering the wave-like properties of the electron. The prize was shared with Clinton Joseph Davissonwho had made the same discovery independently. Whereas his father had seen the electron as a particle (and won his Nobel Prize in the process), Thomson demonstrated that it could be diffractedlike a wave, a discovery proving the principle of wave-particle dualitywhich had first been posited by Louis-Victor de Brogliein the 1920s as what is often dubbed the de Broglie hypothesis.
In 1930 he was appointed Professor at
Imperial College. In the late 1930s and during the Second World WarThomson specialised in nuclear physics, concentrating on practical military applications. In particular Thomson was the chairman of the crucial MAUD Committeein 1940-1941 that concluded that an atomic bombwas feasible. In later life he continued this work on nuclear energy but also wrote works on aerodynamicsand the value of science in society.
Thomson stayed at Imperial College until 1952, when he became Master of
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1964, the college honoured his tenure with the George Thomson Building, an outstanding work of modernist architecture on the college's Leckhampton campus.
Thomson was knighted in 1943.
* [http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp64938 George Thomson portraits] at the National Portrait Gallery
* [http://ntmf.mf.wau.nl/quantum/pers.html#T George Thomson biography] at
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