Henry Moseley

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Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley

Henry G. J. Moseley
Born 23 November 1887(1887-11-23)
Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
Died 10 October 1915(1915-10-10) (aged 27)
Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire
Nationality British
Fields Physics, chemistry
Alma mater Trinity College, University of Oxford
University of Manchester
Known for Atomic Number, Moseley's Law
Influences Ernest Rutherford

Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley (23 November 1887 – 10 August 1915) was an English physicist.

Moseley worked on many theories about the atomic number. This soon became known as Moseley's law in X-ray spectra. Moseley's Law helped prove many ideas in chemistry by organizing the chemical elements of the periodic table of the elements in a quite logical order based on their physics.

Moseley was shot and killed during the Battle of Gallipoli on 10 August 1915, at the age of 27. Some people say that he could have won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1916 if he was never killed.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Jaffe, Bernard (1971). Moseley and the Numbering of the Elements. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books.
  • Scerri, Eric R. (2007). The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-530573-6.