james alfred van allen

Van Allen

[van al-uhn]
James Alfred, 1914–2006, U.S. physicist and space scientist.
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Van Allen (væn ˈælən)
James Alfred. 1914--2006, US physicist, noted for his use of satellites to investigate cosmic radiation in the upper atmosphere

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Van Allen
name of radiation belts around the Earth (and certain other planets), 1939, from U.S. physicist James A. Van Allen(b.1914), who reported them in 1958.
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james alfred van allen

American physicist, whose discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts, two zones of radiation encircling Earth, brought about new understanding of cosmic radiation and its effects on Earth.

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