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Clinton Davisson

Clinton DavissonAKA Clinton Joseph Davisson

Born: 22-Oct-1881
Birthplace: Bloomington, IL
Died: 1-Feb-1958
Location of death: Charlottesville, VA
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Diffraction of electrons

In 1927, with Lester H. Germer, verified the diffraction of electrons, proving Louis de Broglie's theory of the particle/wave nature of the particle. His wife was the sister of Owen Willans Richardson.

Father: Joseph Davisson (artisan)
Mother: Mary Calvert (teacher)
Wife: Charlotte Sara Richardson (m. 1911, three sons, one daughter)
Son: Richard Davisson (physicist, b. 29-Dec-1922, d. 15-Jun-2004)

    University: BS, University of Chicago (1908)
    Teacher: Part-Time Instructor, Princeton University (1905-10)
    University: PhD, Princeton University (1911)
    Teacher: Instructor in Physics, Carnegie Institute of Technology (1911-17)
    Professor: Carnegie Institute of Technology
    Professor: Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1947-49)

    Nobel Prize for Physics 1937 (with George Paget Thomson)
    Hughes Medal 1935



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