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Van Allen

[van al-uh n] /væn ˈæl ən/
James Alfred, 1914–2006, U.S. physicist and space scientist. Unabridged
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  • Of course, we're still in the solar atmosphere, even there, with the Van Allen belts and such things.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • This was not to be borne; and young Van Allen was willingly thrust forward to test the courage of Crawford.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
  • "There is that cap that is too large for Miss Van Allen—" the milliner's assistant remarked.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • It appeared that the Frenchwoman had been detained in Mrs. Van Allen's room relieving the guests of their wraps.

  • This, however, he did not do; and Van Allen was slain in the affair.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
  • And then, how she looked at Mr. Van Allen and then at the bishop; and how she talked—I'd no patience with her.

  • Van Allen was killed; and there was a great controversy in Georgia, in consequence, as to who was right and who was wrong.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • In not too many orbits, that eccentricity in our orbit might pull us into the Van Allen belt.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for Van Allen

Van Allen

/væn ˈælən/
James Alfred. 1914–2006, US physicist, noted for his use of satellites to investigate cosmic radiation in the upper atmosphere
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Van Allen

name of radiation belts around the Earth (and certain other planets), 1939, from U.S. physicist James A. Van Allen (1914-2006), who reported them in 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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