Georges Charpak


Georges Charpak(Translation)

  August 1 1924 in Dabrovica, Poland
Naturalized French citizen in 1946
  Lycée Saint Louis in Paris
  Lycée de Montpellier
1945-1947 Ecole des Mines (Mining school) in Paris
1948 Bachelor of Science. Mining engineer.
1954 Ph. D. Physics. Experimental research in
Nuclear Physics at College de France
1948-1959 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
1959-1991 Centre Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN)
1960 Participated in the first exact measurement of the magnetic momentum of the muon
1961-1967 Development of various types of nonphotographic scintillation chambers
1962-1967 Nuclear structure studied by reactions (p+2p)
1968 Introduction of proportional multiwire chambers
1974 Introduction of spherical drift chambers for studies of proteins by X-ray diffraction (Orsay)
1979-1989 Introduction of multistage avalanche chambers and application of photon counters for the imaging ionizing radiations
1985-1991 Participated in experiments at Fermilab (USA). Introduction of chambers based on luminescent avalanches. Development of instrumentation for biological research using b-ray imaging (Centre Médical Universitaire de Genève.

From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1992, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 1993

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Georges Charpak died on 29 September 2010.

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