Arthur Prince Chattock
Physicist, Deceased Person
1860 – 1934
Who was Arthur Prince Chattock?
Chattock was educated at University College School and University College, London. After a short time as an electrical engineer for Siemens he returned to University College, London to study under George Carey Foster. In 1885 he succeeded Silvanus P. Thompson at University College, Bristol as demonstrator in Physics. See "Bristol physics department history". and "A history of the department of physics in Bristol 1876-1948 with personal reminiscences by Professor A. M. Tyndall FRS". Chattock spent two years in Liverpool with Oliver Lodge where in February 1888 he worked on key experiments towards the understanding of radio waves.
Later he returned to Bristol and took up the chair of Physics in 1893. Chattock had to leave the university in 1910 as it struggled with its new university status, the acting head of the physics department role being taken by Arthur Mannering Tyndall. After leaving Chattock became a chicken farmer in Crowcombe, Somerset. But Tyndall invited Chattock back after the war in 1919 where he carried out definitive experiments on the gyromagnetic ratio of iron. He became a fellow of the Royal Society on 13 May 1920 and finally retired in 1924. After retirement Chattock continued to publish about his research into poultry.
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