Edwawrd Mills Purcell (1912-1997)

Nityananda, Rajaram (2015) Edwawrd Mills Purcell (1912-1997). Resonance: Journal of Science Education, 20 (11). pp. 959-962. ISSN 0973-712X

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Edward Purcell grew up in a small town in the state of Illinois, USA. The telephone equipment which his father worked with professionally was an early inspiration. His first degree was thus in electrical engineering, from Purdue University in 1933. But it was in this period that he realized his true calling – physics. After a year in Germany – almost mandatory then for a young American interested in physics! – he enrolled in Harvard for a physics degree. His thesis quickly led to working on the Harvard cyclotron, building a feedback system to keep the radio frequency tuned to the right value for maximum acceleration.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Nityananda, Rajaram
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Physics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Full Text Status: Public
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/122
Publisher URL: https://www.ias.ac.in/describe/article/reso/020/11...

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