Evan James Williams

Atomic Physicist

Author(s): Rowland Wynne

Language: English

Genre(s): Science Biography

Series: Scientists of Wales / Gwyddonwyr Cymru

  • June 2020 · 208pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786835710
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786835734
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786835741
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786835727

About The Book

This book presents the life and work of Professor Evan James Williams, described as one of Wales’s most eminent scientists. Williams played a prominent part in the early twentieth-century revolution in physics with the emergence of quantum physics, and was an able experimentalist and brilliant theoretician who made notable contributions in atomic physics and the discovery of a new elementary particle. From humble beginnings in rural Cardiganshire, his stellar career is charted in this book as he climbed the academic ladder at a number of universities, culminating in his appointment as professor of physics at Aberystwyth and election to a fellowship of the Royal Society. During the Second World War, he was instrumental in applying operational research to thwart the threat of German submarines in the Atlantic. His career was cut short, however, by his early death in 1945.


Series Editor’s Foreword
List of illustrations
Preface xiii
1 ‘I have a dream’
2 Shaking the foundations
3 Doctorates
4 New horizons
5 Achieving eminence
6 Securing the seas
7 Hope unfulfilled
8 Epilogue
List of publications by Evan James Williams
Information on works cited

About the Author(s)

Rowland Wynne

Rowland Wynne is an independent scholar who has a background in physics; his interest in Evan James Williams was kindled by a visit to the Niels Bohr Archive at the University of Copenhagen.

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