Van de Graaff, Robert Jemison
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Robert Jemison Van de Graaff (1901-1967) was an American physicist who developed a high-voltage electrostatic generator (later called the Van de Graaff generator) that served as a type of particle accelerator. In 1929, the first working model generated 80,000 volts. In 1946, he co-founded the High Voltage Engineering Corp. to manufacture his accelerator. Widely used in atomic research, the device was also adapted to produce high-energy X rays for medical and industrial uses.
Short Van de Graaff biography (Earthsky.org)
History of the Van de Graaff Generator (Museum of Science, Boston)
Cutler J. Cleveland (Lead Author);Peter Saundry (Topic Editor) "Van de Graaff, Robert Jemison". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth October 7, 2006; Last revised Date October 7, 2006; Retrieved May 23, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Van_de_Graaff,_Robert_Jemison>