May 3, 1892 - George Paget Thomson was born, Nobel Prize in Physics for his studies on the diffraction of electrons in crystals and the demonstration of their wave properties

George Paget Thomson

Only son of the well-known Sir Joseph John Thomson, between 1922 he was a professor at the University of Aberdeen, where he carried out experiments that revealed the diffraction of an electron beam when passing through a crystalline substance, thus confirming the theories of Louis de Broglie, about wave-particle duality.

This new theoretical conception about the nature of radiation allowed to confirm Einstein's previous hypotheses and to explain the Compton effect (named after its discoverer, Arthur Compton), which was lacking in the wave theory of light.

In 1937, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with the American physicist Clinton J. Davisson, for his work related to the diffraction of electrons in crystals and the demonstration of their wave properties.

In 1943, he was awarded the title of Sir and in 1946 he served as advisor to the British delegation to the United Nations Security Council and to the Atomic Energy Commission.

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