Evan James Williams

Atomic Physicist

Rowland Wynne

Evan James Williams

Rowland Wynne

Distributed for University of Wales Press

208 pages | 10 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9781786835710 Published August 2020 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This book presents the life and work of one of Wales’s most eminent scientists, Evan James Williams (1903–45). Williams’s background was humble: born in rural Cardiganshire, he made his way in the academic world by dint of a powerful intellect and vitally creative thinking. In the early twentieth century, he played a prominent part in the revolution in physics with the emergence of quantum physics, and he was an able experimentalist and brilliant theoretician who made notable contributions to atomic physics and the discovery of a new elementary particle. During World War II, he was instrumental in applying operational research to thwart the threat of German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. This biography traces the course of Williams’s remarkable life and enables us to appreciate anew his many contributions to science and discovery.
 
Contents
Series Editor’s Foreword
List of illustrations
Preface
1 ‘I have a dream’
2 Shaking the foundations
3 Doctorates
4 New horizons
5 Achieving eminence
6 Securing the seas
7 Hope unfulfilled
8 Epilogue
Notes
List of publications by Evan James Williams
Information on works cited
Index
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