September 29, 2010 - Death of Georges Charpak, Nobel laureate for inventing and developing particle detectors

During World War II, Charpak joined the French Resistance and was taken prisoner by the Vichy French authorities in 1943. A year later, he was deported to the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, where he remained until his liberation in 1945. .

That same year, after graduating from the Montpellier high school, he entered the École des Mines in Paris, one of the most prestigious engineering schools in France, graduating in 1948 as a mining engineer and already being a French citizen (he was naturalized in 1946).

He started working for the Center National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and received his doctorate in nuclear physics from the Collègue de France (Paris) in 1954, where he worked in the laboratory of Jean Fréderic Joliot-Curie.

In 1959, he joined the staff of CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) in Geneva, one of the world's leading research institutions.

In 1984, he became a professor at the School of Advanced Studies in Physics and Chemistry in Paris, and a year later, he became a member of the French Academy of Sciences.

In 1992, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing and developing particle detectors, specifically, the multiwire proportional chamber.

If you want to know more about this scientist, click on the following link: Georges Charpak

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