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O. W. Richardson

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Dates

April 26, 1879 – February 15, 1959

Authorized Form of Name

Richardson, O. W. (Owen Willans), 1879-1959

Additional Forms of Names

Richardson, Owen Willans, 1879-1959

Biography

Abstract

Owen Willans Richardson was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1928 "for his work on the thermionic phenomenon and especially for the discovery of the law named after him." He held positions at Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory, Princeton University, King's College of the University of London, and the Royal Society.

Important Dates

April 26, 1879Birth, Dewsbury (England).

1900Obtained BSc, Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1902Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1904Obtained DSc, University College, London (England).

1906 – 1913Professor of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1911Member, American Philosophical Society.

1913Fellow, Royal Society.

1914 – 1944Wheatstone Professor of Physics, King's College, University of London, London (England).

1920Awarded the Hughes Medal, Royal Society.

1921President, British Association for the Advancement of Science.

1926 – 1928President, Physics Society, London (England).

1926 – 1944Yarrow Research Professor, Royal Society, London (England).

1928Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for his work on the thermionic phenomenon and especially for the discovery of the law named after him".

1930Awarded the Royal Medal, Royal Society.

1939Knighted.

1959Death, Hampshire (England).

Occupation

Physicst.

Places

Birth

Dewsbury (England)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Employment

Cambridge (England)

Princeton (N.J.)

London (England)

Graduate Education

London (England)

Death

Hampshire (England)

Subjects

Ions.

Thermal physics

Thermionic emissions

Relationships

People

Family

Richardson, Charlotte Maria Willans

Mother.

Richardson, Joshua Henry

Father.

Rupp, Henriette

Second wife, married 1948.

Wilson, Lilian Maud

First wife, married 1906-1945.

Advisors & Collaborators

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

Advised by Richardon at Princeton University.

Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954

Advised by Richardson at Princeton University and co-wrote a few articles.

Goddard, Robert Hutchings, 1882-1945

Advised by Richardson at Princeton University.

Langevin, Paul, 1872-1946

Collaborated at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University.

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937

Collaborated at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University.

Thomson, J. J. (Joseph John), 1856-1940

Advisor at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University.

Waterman, Alan Tower, 1892-1967

Advised by Richardson at Princeton University, "On the positive ionization from certian hot salts together with some observations on the electrical properties of molybdenite at high temperatures."

Wilson, Charles Thomson Rees, 1869-1959

Collaborated at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University.

Wilson, Harold A. (Harold Albert), 1874-1964

Brother-in-law and collaborated at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University.

Additional

Appleton, Edward Victor, Sir, 1892-1965

Aston, Francis William, 1877-1945

Barkla, C. G. (Charles Glover), 1877-1944

Blackett, P. M. S. (Patrick Maynard Stuart), Baron Blackett, 1897-1974

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Born, Max, 1882-1970

Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942

Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961

Broglie, Louis de, 1892-1987

Chadwick, James, 1891-1974

Cockcroft, John, Sir, 1897-1967

Curie, Marie, 1867-1934

Davisson, Clinton Joseph, 1881-1958

Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966

Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954

Guillaume, Ch.-Ed. (Charles-Edouard), 1861-

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

Joliot-Curie, Frédéric

Langmuir, Irving, 1881-1957

Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958

Lorentz, H. A. (Hendrik Antoon), 1853-1928

Michelson, Albert A. (Albert Abraham), 1852-1931

Nernst, Walther, 1864-1941

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958

Planck, Max, 1858-1947

Rao, S. Ramachandra

Shankland, Robert S., 1908-

Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972

Siegbahn, Manne, 1886-1978

Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951

Stuhlman, Otto, 1884-1965

Thomson, G. P. (George Paget), 1892-1975

Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981

Veblen, Oswald, 1880-1960

Zeeman, Pieter, 1865-1943

Institutions

Major Positions

King's College (University of London)

Wheatstone Professor of Physics.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics.

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Fellow; Yarrow Research Professor; and awarded Hughes Medal (1920) and the Royal Medal (1930).

Trinity College (University of Cambridge)

Received BSc degree (1900) and Fellow.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Philosophical Society

Member.

British Association for the Advancement of Science

President.

Physical Society (Great Britain)

President.

University College, London. Department of Physics

Received DSc degree (1904).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

O. W. Richardson papers, 1897-1959 (bulk 1920-1940).

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

University of Texas at Austin

P.O. Drawer 7219, Austin, TX 78713-7219, USA

O.W. Richardson papers [microform], 1899-1947.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Ernest Rutherford correspondence [microform], 1906-1937

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

History of physics II [sound recording], 2011 May 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

King's College Department of Physics records, [1890]-1984.

King's College Archives

King's College

Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK England

Niels Bohr scientific correspondence, supplement, 1910-1962.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Harlow Shapley, 1966 June 8 and August 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Otto Stuhlman, Jr., 1962 June 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert S. Shankland, 1974 August 20 and 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oswald Veblen papers, 1881-1960 (bulk 1920-1960).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

Published Resources

Author

Molecular hydrogen and its spectrum / by Owen Willans Richardson/

The electron theory of matter / by O.W. Richardson.

The emission of electricity from hot bodies.

Subject

O. W. Richardson Nobel Prize biography.