Robert Williams Wood, 1868-1955

  title={Robert Williams Wood, 1868-1955},
  author={Gerhard Heinrich Dieke},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={326 - 345}
  • G. Dieke
  • Published 1 November 1956
  • Education
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
When Professor R. W. Wood died on 11 August 1955 he was to the younger generation of physicists a colourful legend, a representative of the past. He was, however, by no means forgotten, as a lesser man might have been at the age of 87. Many stories were still circulating about him. When I recently paid a visit to the University of Wisconsin which Wood had left in 1901, his exploits were being discussed there as if they had just happened, instead of more than half a century before. His solid… 

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