By: Alexa Kennedy
December 15, 1916 in Pongaroa, New Zealand
Date of Death
October 5, 2004
Wilkins has a family history in the medical field, for example, his father was a doctor. In order to pursue his medical career he moved his family to England when Wilkins was 6 where he says he discovered his scientific intrigue.
- Wilkins first spent his early years of schooling in England at King Edwards School at the age of 6
- He then, in 1938, graduated from St. John's college in Cambridge where he earned his PH.d. and worked with John Randall at Birmingham University improving the radar. Scientist were in heavy demand due to the fact that England was at war.
Contribution to Physics: (SUMMARY)
Contributions to Science:
- Phosphorescence- thermal stability of trapped electrons
- Isotope Separation-bombs (Manhattan project)
- Optical Microscopy
- X-Ray Diffraction
- Development of the Radar- cathode ray tube screens