Authorised form of nameDevons; Samuel (1914 - 2006)
Dates1914 - 2006
Place of birthBangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Date of birth30/09/1914
Date of death06/12/2006
Won scholarship to Hanley High School; North Manchester Grammar School, from where he was the first pupil to win a Cambridge scholarship to Trinity College
First Degree 1935, Ph.D in 1939; most time spent in Cavendish laboratories , where his mentor was Ernest Rutherford. Served as a senior scientific officer to the Air Ministry, Ministry of Aircraft Production and ministry of Supply.; UK-USA liaison officer posted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology radiation laboratory. Returned to Cambridge (1946) as university lecturer and Fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity College. Most of his time spent on linear accelerator in the Cavendish. Appointed Professor of Physics at Imperial College 91950); Langworthy Professor of Physics and director of the physical laboratories (19550; sabbatical at Columbia University, New York (1959) and accepted a professorship there (1960). Chairman of Columbia's physics department (1963-1967) and director of physics laboratory at Columbia's Barnard College.
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election17/03/1955
Age at election40
Royal Society activityLectures:
Rutherford Memorial 1989
Royal Society codeNA4422
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/001144Devons, Samuelnd
EC/1955/04Devons, Samuel: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/001145Devons, Samuelnd
MS/853Reminiscences of William Kay, recorded by Samuel Devons1957
RR/66/68Memoranda, on a paper 'The scattering of a-particles in helium' by Samuel Devons8 July 1939
RR/66/69Referee's report by an unnamed referee, on a paper 'Resonance phenomena in the scattering of a-particles by some light nuclei' by Samuel Devons[May 1939]
RR/72/91Letter from Herbert Wakefield Banks, on two papers 'The angular distribution of Y-radiation from light nuclei. Parts I and II' by Samuel Devons and M G N Hine to D C Martin, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society5 May 1949
RR/72/93Referee's report by George Paget Thomson, on two papers 'The angular distribution of Y-radiation from light nuclei. Parts I and II' by Samuel Devons and M G N Hine 1949
RR/66/39Memoranda, on a paper 'Resonance phenomena in the disintegration of fluorine by protons' by William Ernest Burcham and Samuel Devons4 October 1939
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