Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1924
Manne Siegbahn

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Manne Siegbahn - Facts

Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn

Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn

Born: 3 December 1886, Lund, Sweden

Died: 26 September 1978, Ängelholm, Sweden

Affiliation at the time of the award: Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Prize motivation: "for his discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy"

Field: atomic physics

Manne Siegbahn received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1925.

Prize share: 1/1


A few years after the discovery of X-rays, Charles Barkla showed that compounds exposed to X-rays emitted secondary X-rays with wavelengths that were characteristic of different elements. After studying a number of elements, Henry Moseley was able to add to and revise the periodic table. Manne Siegbahn developed apparatus and methods for improving accuracy when mapping x-ray spectra. This advance proved important in the development of atomic and quantum physics.

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