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[Phys-L] Re: Davisson & Germer and Nobel Prize

Recipients must be living. That may explain the omission of Reid.

V. Lindberg

On Mar 30, 2005, at 9:56 PM, Michael Edmiston wrote:

Can anyone shed any light on why Germer was passed over for the Nobel
Prize? And/or why did Thomson share the prize with Davisson even
Thomson published after Davisson and Germer, plus "Thomson's work"
have been mostly done by Reid, but Reid died in a motorcycle accident
about the time the paper was published?

Was something funny going on, such as G.P. Thomson being the son of J.J
Thomson? Or was the omission of Germer (and Reid?) just one of the
things that happens when people have to decide to whom to give awards?

Michael D. Edmiston, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Chemistry
Bluffton University
Bluffton, OH 45817
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