Vladimir Pecha‘s Today’s Memory
Patrick Blackett’s birthday
Originally shared by Vladimir Pecha
On this day, in 1897, Patrick M.S. Blackett was born (18 Nov 1897; 13 Jul 1974).
English scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1948 for his discoveries in the field of cosmic radiation, which he accomplished primarily with cloud-chamber photographs that revealed the way in which a stable atomic nucleus can be disintegrated by bombarding it with alpha particles (helium nuclei). Although such nuclear disintegration had been observed previously, his data explained this phenomenon for the first time and were useful in explaining disintegration by other means.