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Noun: Compton  kómp-tun
  1. United States physicist noted for research on x-rays and gamma rays and nuclear energy; his observation that X-rays behave like miniature bowling balls in their interactions with electrons provided evidence for the quantal nature of light (1892-1962)
    - Arthur Compton, Arthur Holly Compton

Type of: nuclear physicist

Encyclopedia: Compton, Quebec