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The Nobel Prize in Physics 1960
Donald A. Glaser

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Donald A. Glaser - Facts

Donald Arthur Glaser

Donald Arthur Glaser

Born: 21 September 1926, Cleveland, OH, USA

Died: 28 February 2013, Berkeley, CA, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Prize motivation: "for the invention of the bubble chamber"

Field: instrumentation

Prize share: 1/1

Opened Up a New World for Nuclear Science

Our ability to study the smallest components of our world took a giant leap forward when C.T.R. Wilson invented the cloud chamber, where the trails of charged particles can be observed. Donald Glaser's invention of the bubble chamber in 1952 made it possible to study particles with higher energies. When charged particles rush forward through the chamber filled with a liquid at near-boiling point, they ionize atoms they pass by. When the pressure inside the chamber is then reduced, bubbles form around these charged atoms. The particles' tracks can then be photographed and analyzed.

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