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Philip Moon

AKA Philip Moon Burton Moon

Born: 17-May-1907
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 9-Oct-1994
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Gamma ray fluorescence

British physicist Philip Moon studied under George Paget Thomson, and was the first scientist to detect gamma ray fluorescence. During World War II he worked at the British Scientific Central Office on radar and nuclear feasibility, and was loaned to the United States to work on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. He also made significant contributions to the early use of colliding molecular beams to study chemical reactions.

Father: Frederick Dolman Moon (sailor)
Mother: Clara Charlotte Burton Moon (teacher)
Sister: Alison Moon Orpwood
Wife: Winifred Florence Barber Moon (m. 1937)

    High School: Leyton County High School for Boys, Leyton, Essex, England (1925)
    University: BS Physics, Cambridge University (1928)
    Teacher: Physics, Cambridge University (1928-31)
    Teacher: Physics, Imperial College London (1931-38)
    Teacher: Physics, University of Birmingham (1938-46)
    Professor: Physics, University of Birmingham (1946-74)

    Hughes Medal 1991
    Royal Society 1947
    Manhattan Project 1943-45

Author of books:
Artificial Radioactivity (1949)


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