Owen Willans Richardson


Birthday April 26, 1879

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE Feb 15, 1959 (79)

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British physicist who won the 1928 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in thermionic emission, which is what led to Richardson's Law.

Before Fame

He earned a DSc from University College London in 1904 and was made a fellow at Trinity College.


He worked as a professor at Princeton University from 1906 until 1913.

Family Life

He married Lilian Wilson in 1906, and they had two sons and a daughter.

Associated With

He taught scientist Clinton Davisson at Princeton University, and he later became his brother in law.

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