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Robert W. Wood

Robert W. WoodAKA Robert Williams Wood

Born: 2-May-1868
Birthplace: Concord, MA
Died: 11-Aug-1955
Location of death: Amityville, NY
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Physical Optics

Wood was the first to observe field emission, the phenomonon of charged particles emitted from a conductor present in an electric field. In the field of optics, he invented an improved diffraction grating, and was active in spectroscopy. He was the first to make photographs showing both infrared and ultraviolet radiation, the first to photograph ultraviolet fluorescence. The "blacklight" emitting UV light is sometimes called a Wood light.

    University: BA, Harvard University (1891)
    University: Johns Hopkins University (studied 1892)
    University: University of Chicago (studied 1892-94)
    University: University of Berlin (studied 1894-96)
    Professor: Experimental Physics, Johns Hopkins University (1901-55)

    Accademia dei Lincei Foreign Member
    Henry Draper Medal 1940
    Matteucci Medal 1918
    Rumford Prize 1909
    Rumford Medal 1938

Is the subject of books:
Doctor Wood: Modern Wizard of the Laboratory, 1941, BY: William Seabrook

Author of books:
Physical Optics (1905, physics)
How To Tell the Birds from the Flowers (1907, poetry)
Researches in Physical Optics (191319, physics, 2 vols.)
The Man Who Rocked the Earth (1915, novel, with Arthur Train)
Supersonics, the Science of Inaudible Sounds (1939, physics)


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