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Pierre Auger

AKA Pierre Victor Auger

Born: 14-May-1899
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 25-Dec-1993
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Auger effect

Military service: Free French Forces (1941-44)

Pierre Auger was a student of Jean Perrin and studied experimental physics, with significant research into photoelectric effects, slow neutrons, and atmospheric air showers. In 1925 he described a two-electron process wherein a weakly-bound electron falls back into a state of lower energy, now called the Auger effect. In 1938 he discovered the Auger shower (a particle cascade produced as cosmic rays enter the atmosphere).

Father: Victor Emile Auger (chemist, b. 1864, d. 1949)
Wife: Suzanne Motteau (m. 1921, two daughters)

    University: PhD Physics, École Normale Supérieure (1926)
    Teacher: Physics, University of Paris (1926-37)
    Professor: Physics, University of Paris (1937-45)

    French Legion of Honor
    CERN (Co-Founder) 1954
    Feltrinelli Prize 1961
    European Space and Research Organization (Director-General, 1964-67)
    French Official French Space Commission (President, 1960-64)
    UN Official UNESCO (Director of Science, 1948-60)
    French Official Director of Higher Education (1945-48)


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