Dartmouth Symposium to Celebrate Achievement (Union Leader)


In the early 1900s, at Dartmouth’s Wilder Physical Laboratory, professors Ernest Fox Nichols and Gordon Ferrie Hull recorded the first accurate measurements of the radiation pressure of light, notes the Union Leader.

On October 5 and 6, Dartmouth’s “Pressure of Light Symposium” will recognize the groundbreaking achievement of Nichols and Hull and celebrate the designation of the Wilder Physical Laboratory as an American Physical Society Historic Site.

Miles Blencowe, chair of the department of physics and astronomy, told the Union Leader, “People have been aware of this experiment, but it has never been properly recognized.”

The symposium, adds the Union Leader, includes lectures from renowned scientists, including Bill Phillips, the winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Read the full story, published 10/3/12 in the Union Leader.

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