John Sealy Townsend

Physicist, Academic

1868 – 1957

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Who was John Sealy Townsend?

Sir John Sealy Edward Townsend, FRS was a mathematical physicist who conducted various studies concerning the electrical conduction of gases and directly measured the electrical charge. He was a Wykeham Professor of physics at Oxford University.

The phenomenon of the electron avalanche was discovered by him, and is known as the Townsend discharge.

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Born
Jun 7, 1868
Galway
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University of Cambridge
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
Employment
  • University of Oxford
Lived in
  • County Galway
  • Galway
Died
Feb 16, 1957
Oxford

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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