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Arthur Holly Compton

Born September 10, 1892

 
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Arthur Holly Compton Marker
Inscription.  Arthur Holly Compton, a science prodigy, built and flew a glider at age 18. In 1920 he became a professor and head of the Physics Department at Washington University. There he deduced that x-rays, known to be waves, also act like particles. He proved it with an experiment showing the scattering action now called the Compton Effect. For that fundamental discovery, Compton won the 1927 Nobel Prize. After directing the World War II research that led to the atomic bomb, he returned to Washington University in 1945 as chancellor. In 1991 NASA named its new orbiting gamma-ray observatory after Arthur Holly Compton.
 
Erected 1992 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the St. Louis Walk of Fame marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.357′ N, 90° 18.236′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard east of Westgate Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6329 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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of this marker. Redd Foxx (here, next to this marker); Gyo Obata (a few steps from this marker); Ernest Trova (a few steps from this marker); Susan Blow (a few steps from this marker); Albert King (a few steps from this marker); Phyllis Diller (a few steps from this marker); Maya Angelou (a few steps from this marker); Shelley Winters (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceEducationScience & MedicineWar, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 26 times since then and 9 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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