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Jean Perrin

Jean PerrinAKA Jean Baptiste Perrin

Born: 30-Sep-1870
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: 17-Apr-1942
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Panthéon, Paris, France

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

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Verified atomic nature of matter

Military service: French Army (Engineering Corps, WWI)

Determined that cathode rays are negatively charged. Later he studied Brownian motion, verifying Albert Einstein's hypothesis that colloidal matter should obey the laws of gases. This confirmed other calculations of Avogodro's Number and verified the atomic nature of matter. In 1930, with Jewish banker Baron Edmond de Rothschild as benefactor, Perrin was a founder of the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique (IBPC). He left his position at the Sorbonne when the Germans invaded France, fleeing to the United States. He died in New York City in 1942.

Father: (French Army officer, d. Franco-Prussian War)
Son: Francis Perrin (physicist)

    High School: Lycée Janson-de-Sailly, Paris
    University: École Normale Supérieure, Paris
    Professor: Physical Chemistry, Sorbonne (1910-40)

    Nobel Prize for Physics 1926
    Matteucci Medal 1911
    Royal Society

Author of books:
Les Atomes (1913, physics)


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