Quantum and Nuclear

The clumsy Nobel Laureate

Stories from Physics for 11-14 14-16 16-19 IOP RESOURCES

British physicist J. J. Thomson’s personal contributions to physics were substantial but he had a lasting legacy of discovery: seven of his research students went on to get Nobel Prizes, including his son, George. According to George, his father was “surprisingly clumsy . . . and though he could diagnose the faults of an apparatus with uncanny accuracy it was just as well not to let him handle it”.


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