Milestones: Mar. 23, 1962

Died. Arthur Holly Compton, 69, brilliant pioneer of modern physics and, as wartime director of the University of Chicago's innocuously titled Metallurgical Laboratory, a key figure in the development of the atomic bomb, Chancellor of St. Louis' Washington University (1945-53); of a stroke; in Berkeley, Calif. An unpretentious scion of one of America's distinguished intellectual families,* Ohio-born Arthur Compton made his scientific debut at ten with a treatise on elephants' toes, won the Nobel Prize (together with Britain's Charles T.R. Wilson) at 35 with the discovery that X rays are composed of particles, but despite his steeping in the scientific method...

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