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History of Physics and Astronomy


This version sorts the important events by name. The lifetimes of people are highlighted in blue, important people are in bold blue.

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Aberration of light – Bradley 1728
Absolute temperature scale - William Thomson (Lord Kelvin)1848
Absolute units – Gauss 1832
Accelerator – smoke ring accelerator - USSR 1967
Accelerator – smoke ring accelerator proposed 1934
Achromatic lens – Dolland 1758
Adiabatic demagnetisation perfected 1933
Aeroplane – first flight – Wright brothers 1903
Air thermometer – Galileo 1597
Airy 1801-1892
Al Hazan 965 -1038
Alcohol thermometer - Duke Ferdinand of Tuscany 1635
Alcohol thermoscope 1660
Alexandria founded 332 BC
Alferov and Kroemer, Kilby - Nobel prize for Physics 2000
Alpha particle – e/m measurement – Rutherford 1906
Alpha particle - identification of the alpha particle – Rutherford and Royds 1909
Alpha particle experiments - Rutherford 1904
Alpha particle scattering 1909
Alpha, beta and gamma rays discovered by Rutherford 1899
Alvarez – Nobel Prize for Physics 1968
Ampere 1775-1836
Ampere's theorem 1823
Anaxagoras 500-428 BC
Anderson – Nobel prize for Physics 1936
Andrews 1813-1885
Andrews experiments with carbon dioxide 1861
Andromeda galaxy – distance – Hubble – Cepheids and 100" reflector 1923
Angstrφm 1814-1874
Angular momentum conservation 1746
Anomalous perihelion shift of Mercury - Urbane Le Verrier 1859
Anti- matter predicted - Dirac 1929
Anti- neutrino detection 1956
Anti-proton 1956
Apollo 17 – the final Apollo mission 1972
Arabic numerals in west – Severus Sebockt 662
Arago 1786-1853
Archimedes 287-212 BC
Argon discovered – Ramsay and Rayliegh 1894
Aristarchus – heliocentric theory 310-230 BC
Aristotle 384-322 BC
Aston 1877-1945
Aston and Bohr – Nobel prize for Physics 1922
Aston mass spectrograph 1919
Atomic bomb bomb - China 1964
Atomic bomb – first British A bomb – Bikini Atoll 1946
Atomic clock 1955
Atomic clock – caesium adopted as standard of time – 9,192,631,770 Hz 1967
Atomic pile – British at Harwell 1947
Atomic theory – Bohr orbits 1913
Atomic theory - Dalton 1800
Atwood's machine 1784
 
 
 
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