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Aston, Francis William

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Born: 1877 AD
Died: 1945 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Chemists, Physicists

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1877 - Born on September 1st in Harborne, Birmingham, England. British physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

         - The Aston dark space in electronic discharges is named after him.

1894 - He entered Mason College, Birmingham where he studied chemistry under Frankland and Tilden, and Physics under Poynting.

1898 - Won the Forster Scholarship and enabled him to work on the optical properties of tartaric acid derivatives.

1903 - He obtained a scholarship to Birmingham University to work on the properties of the Crookes Dark Space in discharge tubes.

1909 - He accepted the invitation of Sir J.J.Thomson to work as his assistant at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, on studies of positive rays.

1919 - He invented the mass spectrograph.

1921 - He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

1922 - Won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his development of the mass spectrograph, a device that separates atoms or molecular fragments of different mass and measures those masses with remarkable accuracy.

         - He was awarded the Society's Hughes Medal.

         - He was also the author of the books Isotopes and of Structural Units of the Material Universe.

1941 - He was Duddell medalist of the Physical Society.

1945 - Died on November 20th in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

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