AUTHORCornell, Thomas D.
TITLEMerle Antony Tuve: Pioneer Nuclear Physicist
PERIODICAL TITLEPhysics Today
DATE PUBLISHED1988
VOLUME NUMBER41
ISSUE NUMBER1 (January)
PAGE NUMBERS57-64
ISSN0031-9228


This article examines the high-voltage research conducted by physicist Merle Antony Tuve at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and his wartime work at the Applied Physics Laboratory. Like his rival on the west coast of the United States, physicist Ernest Lawrence, Tuve pioneered the development of high-voltage instrumentation, including Tesla coils and electrostatic generators of the Van de Graaff type. During World War II, Tuve was a leading figure in the development of the proximity fuse for the National Defense Research Council.


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