James Van Allen

Physicist, Academic

1914 – 2006

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Who was James Van Allen?

James Alfred Van Allen was an American space scientist at the University of Iowa. He was instrumental in establishing the field of magnetospheric research in space.

The Van Allen radiation belts were named after him, following their discovery by his Geiger–Müller tube instruments on the 1958 satellites: during the International Geophysical Year. Van Allen led the scientific community for the inclusion of scientific research instruments on space satellites.

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Born
Sep 7, 1914
Mount Pleasant
Also known as
  • James Alfred Van Allen
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • PhD, University of Iowa
    Nuclear physics
    ( - 1939/06)
Lived in
  • United States of America
  • Iowa City
    ( - 2006/08/09)
Died
Aug 9, 2006
Iowa City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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