Luis Walter Alvarez

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Luis Walter Alvarez
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Alvarez in 1961
Born(1911-06-13)June 13, 1911
DiedSeptember 1, 1988(1988-09-01) (aged 77)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Known forAccelerator mass spectrometry
Alvarez hypothesis
AN/CPS-1
Electron capture
Exploding-bridgewire detonator
Ground-controlled approach
Linear particle accelerator
Liquid hydrogen bubble chamber
Muon-catalyzed fusion
Muon tomography
Isolation of helium-3
Isolation of tritium
Measurement of neutron magnetic moment
Spouse(s)
Geraldine Smithwick
(m. 1936; div. 1957)

Janet L. Landis (m. 1958)
AwardsCollier Trophy (1945)
Medal for Merit (1947)
John Scott Medal (1953)
Albert Einstein Award (1961)
National Medal of Science (1963)
Pioneer Award (1963)
Michelson–Morley Award (1965)
Nobel Prize in Physics (1968)
Enrico Fermi Award (1987)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorArthur Compton
Signature
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Luis Walter Alvarez (June 13, 1911 – September 1, 1988) was an American experimental physicist, inventor, and professor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1968.