Emil Konopinski

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1911 – 1990

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Who was Emil Konopinski?

Emil John Konopinski was an American nuclear scientist of Polish origin. His parents were Joseph and Sophia Sniegowska.

He was, with George Uhlenbeck as thesis advisor, a 1934 Ph.D graduate of the University of Michigan, and later a professor of physics at Indiana University. His doctoral students include Eugene Greuling. During WW II Konopinski collaborated with Enrico Fermi on the first nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago. He also joined the Manhattan Project to develop the first nuclear weapon.

He, together with C. Marvin and Edward Teller, showed that a thermonuclear explosion would not ignite the atmosphere and thereby destroy the earth.

An Atomic Energy Commission consultant from 1946 to 1968, he wrote a book entitled The Theory of Beta Radioactivity.

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Born
Dec 25, 1911
Michigan City
Also known as
  • Emil J. Konopinski
Nationality
  • United States of America
Education
  • PhD, University of Michigan
    Mathematics
    ( - 1936)
Employment
  • Indiana University
Lived in
  • Indiana
Died
May 26, 1990
Bloomington

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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