Hughes, Vernon W.

Hughes, Vernon W. (Willard)

(1921–  ) physicist; born in Kankakee, Ill. He taught at Columbia University (1949–52) and the University of Pennsylvania (1952–54) before joining Yale (1954). He made significant contributions to radiofrequency and spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, and to studies of particle physics.
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