Hans Geiger

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Birthday
30, 1882
Birthplace
Potsdam, Germany
Death Date
Sep 24, 1945 (62)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
30, 1882
Birthplace
Potsdam, Germany
Death Date
Sep 24, 1945 (62)

About

Remembered for his development of a radiation measuring device known as the Geiger counter and for his role in the famous Geiger–Marsden experiment (which discovered the existence of the nuclei of atoms), he was the 1929 recipient of the prestigious Hughes Medal.

Before Fame

He earned his doctorate in mathematics and physics from the University of Erlangen in 1906.

Trivia

During the World War II years, he was a member of the secret Uranium Club, a group of German scientists engaged in nuclear weapons research.

Family Life

He was born in Potsdam, Germany, to University of Erlangen professor Wilhelm Geiger.

Associated With

He became acquainted with his scientific collaborator, Ernest Marsden, while studying under physicist Ernest Rutherford at the University of Manchester.