Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996

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Dates:
Birth 1904-07-27
Death 1996-07-14
English

Biographical notes:

Kenneth T. Bainbridge (1904-1996), the first George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard University (1934-1975), was one of the leading scientists of his generation. He was a noted authority in the field of mass spectroscopy and the application of mass spectrographs as research tools. He designed and built the first cyclotron at Harvard University, participated in the development of radar at the MIT Radiation Laboratory during World War II, and oversaw the test explosion of the first atomic bomb at Alamogordo, New Mexico in July, 1945. During his tenure at Harvard University, he helped attract brilliant faculty members and students to the physics department, actively worked to improve the physics department's laboratory courses, and assisted in the design and creation of an advanced nuclear physics laboratory for graduate students.

From the description of Papers of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, 1873, 1923-1996. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77070435

Physicist.

From the description of Reminiscences of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309730474

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Subjects:

  • Physicists--Political activity
  • Cyclotrons
  • Manhattan Project (U.S.)
  • Nuclear energy
  • Physicists
  • Nuclear arms control
  • Nuclear warfare--Social aspects
  • Atomic bomb
  • Physics--Study and teaching (Higher)
  • Physicists--Interviews
  • Physics--Research
  • Atomic bomb--Testing
  • Physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • World War, 1939-1945--Radar
  • Internal security
  • Mass spectrometry

Occupations:

  • Physicists

Places:

  • New Mexico--Los Alamos (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts--Cambridge (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)