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Edward Condon, US physicist

Edward Condon, US physicist

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EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Edward Uhler Condon (1902-1974), US physicist. Condon's doctorate work was followed by studying in Germany, under Born and Sommerfeld. This resulted in the Franck-Condon principle (1926) in spectroscopy and quantum chemistry. Condon co-wrote two textbooks and directed research at Westinghouse Electric Company from 1937, worked on uranium production during World War II, and lobbied for civilian control of atomic energy. He was director of the National Bureau of Standards from 1945 to 1951. Also known for his Condon Report (1968) on UFOs, he was president of the APS (1946) and the AAAS (1953).

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