Mottelson, Benjamin Roy

Mottelson, Benjamin Roy,

1926–, Danish physicist, b. Chicago, Ph.D. Harvard, 1950. Raised and educated in the United States, he moved to Denmark, where he began work as a nuclear physicist. Mottelson and colleague Aage BohrBohr, Aage Niels
, 1922–2009, Danish physicist, Ph.D. Univ. of Copenhagen, 1954. He worked with his father Niels Bohr (who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922) in the 1940s on the development of the atomic bomb, became a professor of physics in 1956, and succeeded
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 helped prove the theories of James RainwaterRainwater, James,
1917–86, American physicist, Ph.D. Columbia, 1946. After working on the Manhattan Project as a student during World War II, he became a professor of physics at Columbia in 1952.
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 regarding the structure of atomic nuclei. The trio shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work.
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