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Noun: Thomson  tóm-sun
  1. English physicist who experimented with the conduction of electricity through gases and who discovered the electron and determined its charge and mass (1856-1940)
    - J. J. Thomson, Joseph John Thomson, Sir Joseph John Thomson, J.J. Thomson
  2. English physicist (son of Joseph John Thomson) who was a co-discoverer of the diffraction of electrons by crystals (1892-1975)
    - George Paget Thomson, Sir George Paget Thomson
  3. United States composer who collaborated with Gertrude Stein (1896-1989)
    - Virgil Thomson, Virgil Garnett Thomson
  4. United States electrical engineer (born in England) who in 1892 formed a company with Thomas Edison (1853-1937)
    - Elihu Thomson

Type of: composer, electrical engineer, physicist

Encyclopedia: Thomson, Michelle