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Thomson, Sir George (Paget) (1892-1975)

Physicist, born in Cambridge, the son of Sir Joseph Thomson. He studied there, and became a fellow of Trinity College. He was professor at Aberdeen (1922) and at Imperial College, London (1930), Master of Corpus Christi, Cambridge (1952-62), and scientific adviser to the UN Security Council (1946-7). For his contributions to electrical science he was awarded the Faraday Medal by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (1960). He shared the 1937 Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of electron diffraction by crystals, and was knighted in 1943.

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