Arthur H. Compton

Fellow: Awarded 1926

Field of Study: Physics

Fellow: Awarded 1955

Field of Study: Physics

Fellow: Awarded 1959

Field of Study: Physics

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 09-10-1892

Died: 03-15-1962


As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1926–27:

Compton, Arthur H.: Appointed for a study of the quantum theory of the nature of radiation, in consultation with European authorities; tenure, ten months from September 15, 1926.

Born September 10, 1892, at Wooster, Ohio. Education: College of Wooster, B.Sc., 1913; Princeton University, M.A., 1914; Ph.D., 1916; Cambridge University, 1919–20, as National Research Fellow.

Assistant in Physics, Princeton University, 1914–15; Instructor in Physics, University of Minnesota, 1916–17; Research Engineer, Westinghouse Lamp Company, 1917–19; Wayman Crow Professor of Physics, Washington University, St. Louis, 1920–23; Professor of Physics, University of Chicago, 1923—. Chairman of Committee on X-Rays, National Research Council, Division of Physical Sciences (1923–25). Associate Editor, Physical Review (1922–25).

Publications: “Secondary Radiations produced by X-Rays,” 1922; “X-Ray and Electrons” (in press); contributed numerous papers to scientific journals, including Science, Physical Review, Nature, Bulletin of the National Research Council, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Radiology, Philosophical Magazine.


Nobel Prize, Physics, 1927