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Who was Henry Mosley ?
« on: 11/09/2002 11:30:26 »
please help with finding information on scientist, Henry Mosley. please contact me with any info you might have or if you know where I can find some info on him and other scientists alike. :)

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Re: Who was Henry Mosley ?
« Reply #1 on: 12/09/2002 12:43:43 »
Dear Emma

here's some details we dragged up about Mosley for you :

Henry Mosley's claim to fame was that he established the relationship between nuclear charge and atomic number.

He was born in Weymouth, Dorset on 23 rd November 1887, into a scientific family. His father, who died when Henry was only 4 years old, was a protégé of Charles Darwin and founded the zoology school at Oxford University. After the death of her husband, Mosley's mother moved with him to Surrey, and he was educated at Eton where he developed a thirst and passion for experimental science.

In 1908 he went to Trinity College, Oxford, to read physics, and then went to Manchester University to work for the physicist Rutherford, who helped him to secure a research fellowship in 1912. He subsequently moved to Leeds to work with W.H. Bragg (1862-1942) to work on X-rays. He adapted Bragg's techniques and substituted a photographic plate for the ionisation chamber that had been used previously, enabling him to publish his 1913 paper 'The Relexion of Xrays' in Philosophical Magazine. He then moved to Oxford University to continue his research with Townsend, looking at the X-Ray spectra of over 30 elements and helping Mosley to establish the link between nuclear charge and the atomic number of an element, findings confirmed in the 1920's by Chadwick.

At the outbreak of World War 1 he joined the Royal Engineers but was tragically killed a few weeks later whilst in action in Turkey at the age of 28. Rutherford paid him the tribute of 'born experimenter'. (More details in Biographical Dictionary of Scientists, Harper Collins Publishers, 1994)

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