Robert Andrews Millikan

1868 Morrison, Illinois (USA) – 1953 San Marino,
California (USA)
Physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1923
Country: USA

<p>Robert Andrews Millikan in the lecture theatre 1931</p> Zoom Image

Robert Andrews Millikan in the lecture theatre 1931

On behalf of the German Physics Society, the worldly Max von Laue invites his American colleague Millikan to Harnack House in 1931 where he gives a lecture to the leading protagonists of physics research. Albert Einstein, Max Planck and Otto Hahn are sitting in the front row of the packed lecture theatre at Harnack House. They are on familiar terms, as Millikan, shortly after obtaining his doctorate, spent a period in Germany in 1896 and also studied with Walther Nernst and Max Planck.

When Millikan returns to Berlin in 1931, he is a well-known researcher. In 1923, he received the Nobel Prize for his work on determining the elementary charge of an electron and his confirmation of Einstein’s theory on the photoelectric effect. While it is now accepted that Millikan applied the measured values somewhat freely, he is nevertheless one of the leading figures in early experimental particle physics and his conclusions are considered significant.

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