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Samuel K. Allison

Group Leader - Met Lab

Built CP-1 Pile

Samuel King Allison
November 13, 1900 September 15, 1965
By Roger H. Hildebrand

SAMUEL K. ALLISON BEGAN his professional life at a time of intense interest in the properties and interactions of X rays. His contributions to the field were immediately recognized by the scientific community and especially by A. H. Compton, who was responsible for bringing him back to his alma mater, the University of Chicago. It was also near the time when Cockroft-Walton accelerators and then Van de Graaff machines began producing beams of protons and deuterons. His contributions to nuclear and atomic physics, using these accelerators, were well recognized during his lifetime, but they have grown in significance with the emergence of new fields, especially nuclear astrophysics.

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