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Hans Geiger

Hans GeigerAKA Johannes Wilhelm Geiger

Born: 30-Sep-1882
Birthplace: Neustadt an der Haardt, Germany
Died: 24-Sep-1945
Location of death: Potsdam, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Neuer Friedhof, Potsdam, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Co-Inventor of the Geiger Counter

Military service: German Army (WWI, artillery officer)

After schooling at Munich and Erlangen Geiger became an assistant to Ernest Rutherford at the University of Manchester. There, he devised equipment to count alpha particles. In 1928 he co-invented the Geiger Counter, a much more portable machine to count alpha particles, with fellow physicist Walther Müller. He served as an artillery officer during WWI, and during WWII participated in the German attempt to build an atomic bomb.

Father: Wilhelm Ludwig Geiger (philology professor)

    High School: Erlangen Gymnasium (1901)
    University: University of Munich
    University: PhD, University of Erlangen (1906)
    Scholar: University of Manchester (1907-12)
    Scholar: Imperial Physical Technical Institute, Berlin (1912-25)
    Professor: University of Kiel (1925-29)
    Professor: University of Tübingen (1929-36)
    Professor: Technische Hochschule, Berlin (1936-45)

    Hughes Medal 1929

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