Science: Millikan to Tasmania

Off for Tasmania last week with 225 rubber balloons, large tanks of hydrogen and a short-wave radio receiving set sailed hoary-headed Robert Andrews Millikan, pious physicist of the California Institute of Technology. With him went two brilliant young colleagues: Physicists Henry Victor Neher and William Hayward Pickering. For 18 years Dr. Millikan has carted his balloons through the snowy ranges of the Andes and Rockies, has plunged his flat, metal electroscopes 280 feet into snow-fed California lakes, to measure minute amounts of electricity which may penetrate their surfaces. Purpose of his travels: to...

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