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Robert J. Van de Graaff

AKA Robert Jemison Van de Graaff

Born: 20-Dec-1901
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, AL
Died: 16-Jan-1967
Location of death: Boston, MA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Central Cemetery, Beverly, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Inventor, Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Van de Graaff generator

Inventor of the Van de Graaff Generator, a device for producing high voltages used in the earliest particle accelerators. In 1931 he demonstrated a device which produced 1M volts; two years later he built the largest one ever constructed, which produced 7M volts.

Father: Adrian Sebastian Van de Graaff
Mother: Minnie Cherokee Hargrove
Wife: Catherine Boyden (two sons)
Son: John
Son: William

    University: BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama (1922)
    University: MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama (1923)
    University: Sorbonne
    University: BSc, Oxford University (1926)
    University: PhD, Oxford University (1928)
    Fellow: Palmer Physics Lab, Princeton University (1929-31)
    University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1931-34)
    Professor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1934-60)

    High Voltage Engineering Corporation Chief Physicist (1946-67)
    Alabama Power Company Research assistant
    American Physical Society
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow (1935)
    Rhodes Scholarship
    Dutch Ancestry


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