Carl David Anderson

  • From:

    California Institute of Technology │ Pasadena, California

  • Year:

    1937

  • Subject:

    Chemistry

  • Award:

    Cresson

  • Citation:

    For the discovery of the positron.

Carl Anderson graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1927 with a B.Sc. degree in Physics and Engineering, and was awarded his Ph.D. degree by the same, in 1930.

His early research was in the field of X-rays. In 1930, he began his cosmic-ray studies which led in 1932 to the discovery of the positron. He explored the energy distribution of cosmic-ray particles and the energy loss of very high speed electrons in traversing matter.

After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Anderson spent three years as Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, became Assistant Professor of Physics (1933), and Professor of Physics (1939). During World War II (1941-1945) he was also active on projects for the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development. He died in 1991.
Information as of 1937