Millikan, the First Physicist to See the Electron

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Title: Millikan, the First Physicist to See the Electron
Authors: Beléndez, Augusto
Research Group/s: Holografía y Procesado Óptico | GITE - Física, Óptica y Telecomunicaciones
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Física Aplicada a las Ciencias y las Tecnologías
Keywords: Millikan | Electron | Photoelectric effect | Electric charge | Planck's constant
Knowledge Area: Física Aplicada | Óptica | Electromagnetismo | Historia de la Ciencia
Date Created: 15-Apr-2017
Issue Date: 3-May-2017
Publisher: BBVA OpenMind
Citation: BELÉNDEZ VÁZQUEZ, Augusto. "Millikan, the First Physicist to See the Electron". OpenMind, 3 May 2017
Abstract: In 1923, the American physicist Robert Andrews Millikan (1868-1953) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics “for his work on the elementary charge of electricity and on the photoelectric effect”. In his Nobel Lecture “The Electron and the Light-Quant from the Experimental Point of View” he referred to the experiment that had enabled him determine the charge of the electron, leaving his audience convinced that he had seen electrons: “He who has seen that experiment, and hundreds of investigators have observed it, has literally seen the electron”. Quite often we physicists say that we see those things on which we are working, no matter how small, or even abstract they may be. There is little doubt, however, that inside the apparatus used by Millikan there was a world of particles with which he became so familiar that he unblushingly claimed to see things in that world.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/65792
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/contributionToPeriodical
Rights: Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0
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Publisher version: https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/millikan-the-first-physicist-to-see-the-electron/
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