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Brebis Bleaney

Born: 6-Jun-1915
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 4-Nov-2006
Location of death: Oxford, England
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Electron paramagnetic resonance

English physicist Brebis Bleaney discovered electron paramagnetic resonance (also known as electron spin resonance), a technique that isolates electrons within a paramagnetic substance, with analytical applications in biology, chemistry, and geology as well as physics. He helped develop microwave technology for radar in World War II, then applied these findings to fundamental problems in condensed matter physics, and also contributed important work in atomic beams, low temperature physics, magnetism, nuclear alignment and orientation.

Wife: Betty Isabelle Plumpton Bleaney (physicist, m. 1949, one son, one daughter)

    High School: Westminster City School, London
    University: BS Physics, Oxford University (1937)
    University: PhD Physics, Oxford University (1939)
    Teacher: Physics, Oxford University (1947-57)
    Professor: Experimental Philosophy, Oxford University (1957-77)
    Professor: Physics, Oxford University (1977-2003)

    Commander of the British Empire 1965
    Hughes Medal 1962
    French Academy of Sciences
    Royal Society 1950
    Danish Ancestry (maternal)
    English Ancestry (paternal)

Author of books:
Electricity and Magnetism (1957, with Betty Bleaney)


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