Francis William Aston: The Man Behind the Mass Spectrograph

  title={Francis William Aston: The Man Behind the Mass Spectrograph},
  author={Kevin M. Downard},
  journal={European Journal of Mass Spectrometry},
  pages={177 - 190}
  • K. Downard
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Physics
  • European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Francis William Aston was among the most accomplished physicists of the 20th century. A Nobel laureate and Fellow of the Royal Society, his research career spanned four decades. During this time, he provided experimental proof of the existence of isotopes for many of the chemical elements and recorded their masses using several hand-built mass spectrographs. A rather private man who lived alone in Trinity College for much of his adult life, Aston remains a somewhat elusive and mysterious figure… 
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