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David L. Webster




David Locke Webster
BornNovember 6 1888(1888-11-06)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DiedDecember 17 1976 (aged 88)
Palo Alto, California, USA
Nationality United States
FieldPhysicist
InstitutionsHarvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stanford University
Alma materHarvard University
Known forX-ray theory
ultra-high frequency radio waves
rocket science

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David Locke Webster (November 6, 1888 - December 17, 1976) was an American physicist and physics professor, whose early research on X-rays and Parson's magneton influenced Arthur Compton.

Biography

David Locke Webster was born November 6, 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts to Andrew Gerrish Webster and Elizabeth Florence Briggs. He attended Harvard University, earning an A.B. in 1910 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1913. His teaching career began at Harvard as a mathematics instructor, 1910-1911; physics assistant, 1911-15; and physics instructor, 1915-1917, during which time he published several papers on X-ray theory. This work continued while served as a physics instructor at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1919 to 1920. He acted a professor of physics at Stanford University from 1920 until his retirement in 1954, when he was awarded Professor Emeritus status. Webster was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Physical Society and the American Geophysical Union. A member of the American Association of Physics Teachers from its inception in 1930, Webster served as its Vice-President in 1933 and 1934 and as President in 1935 and 1936. During World War II, Webster served as head physicist in the United States Army Signal Corps (1942), chief physicist in the Ordnance Department (1942-45), and consultant to these units after 1945. Webster died December 17, 1976.[1] [2]

References

  1. ^ American Institute of Physics, Biography of David Locke Webster, College Park, MD (2000).
  2. ^ John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, ed., "David Locke Webster (6 Nov. 1888-17 Dec. 1976)", American National Biography, V22, pp. 868-69 (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999).
  • David L. Webster, General Physics for Colleges, (Century, 1923).

Scientific Papers

  • David L. Webster, "The Effect of Pressure on the Absorption of Light by Bromine and Chlorine, and its Theoretical Significance", Physical Review, V3, N4, pp. 177-194, 561 (Sep 1914).
  • David L. Webster, "The Intensities of X-Ray Spectra", Physical Review, V5, N3, pp. 238-243 (Mar 1915).
  • David L. Webster, "The Emission Quanta of Characteristic X Rays", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V2, N2, pp. 90-94 (May 1916).
  • David L. Webster, "Experiments on the Emission Quanta of Characteristic X-Rays", Physical Review, V7, N6, pp. 599-613 (Jun 1916).
  • David L. Webster, "Notes on Page's Theory of Heat Radiation", Physical Review, V8, N1, pp. 66-69 (Jul 1916).
  • David L. Webster and Harry Clark, "A Test for X-Ray Refraction Made with Monochromatic Rays ", Physical Review, V8, N5, pp. 528-533 (Nov 1916).
  • David L. Webster, "X-Ray Emissivity as a Function of Cathode Potential ", Physical Review, V9, N3, pp. 220-225 (Mar 1917).
  • David L. Webster, "The Intensities of X-Rays of the L Series", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V3, N3, pp. 181-185 (Mar 1917).
  • David L. Webster, "The Theory of Electromagnetic Mass of the Parson Magneton and other Non-Spherical Systems", Physical Review, V9, N6, pp. 484-499 (Jun 1917).
  • David L. Webster, "EQUATIONS AS STATEMENTS ABOUT THINGS", Science, V46, N1182, pp. 188-189 (Aug 1917).
  • David L. Webster, "The Scattering of Alpha Rays as Evidence on the Parson Magnetron Hypothesis", Physical Review, Series II (Feb 1918).
  • David L. Webster, "An Approximate Law of Energy Distribution in the General X-Ray Spectrum", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V5, N5, pp. 163–166 (May 1919).
  • David L. Webster, "The Intensities of X-Rays of the L Series: II. The Critical Potentials of the Platinum Lines", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V6, N1, pp. 26-35 (Jan 1920).
  • David L. Webster, "An Improved Form of High Tension D. C. Apparatus", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V6, N5, pp. 269-272 (May 1920).
  • David L. Webster, "The Physics of Flight", (May 1920).
  • David L. Webster, "Quantum Emission Phenomena in Radiation", Physical Review, V16, N1, pp. 31-40 (Jul 1920).
  • David L. Webster, "The Present Conception of Atomic Structure", (Jul 1921).
  • David L. Webster, "A General Survey of the Present Status of the Atomic Structure Problem", (Jul 1921).
  • David L. Webster, "Note on the Masses of Stars", (Jan 1922).
  • David L. Webster, "THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY", Science, V58, N1504, pp. 336 (Oct 1923).
  • David L. Webster, "A Possible Explanation of Tertiary Line Spectra in X-Rays", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V10, N5, pp. 186- 191 (May 1924).
  • P. A. Ross & David L. Webster, "The Compton Effect with No Box around the Tube", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V11, N1, pp. 56-61 (Jan 1925).
  • P. A. Ross & David L. Webster, "Compton Effect: Evidence on Its Relation to Duane's Box Effect", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V11, N1, pp. 61-64 (Jan 1925).
  • David L. Webster, "The Compton Effect with Hard X-Rays", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V11, N4, pp. 222-227 (Apr 1925).
  • David L. Webster, "Direct and Indirect Production of Characteristic X-Rays", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V13, N6, pp. 445-456 (Jun 1927).
  • David L. Webster, "Direct and Indirect Characteristic X-Rays: Their Ratio as a Function of Cathode-Ray Energy", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V14, N4, pp. 330-339 (Apr 1928).
  • David L. Webster, "K-Electron Ionization by Direct Impact of Cathode Rays", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V14, N4, pp. 339-344 (Apr 1928).
  • David L. Webster, H. Clark, R. M. Yeatman, W. W. Hanson, "Intensities of K-Series X-Rays from Thin Targets", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V14, N8, pp. 679-686 (Sep 1928).
  • David L. Webster, "CURRENT PROGRESS IN X-RAY PHYSICS", Science, V79, N2044, pp. 191-197 (Mar 1934).
  • David L. Webster, "SURFACE CURRENTS IN DEEP TIDAL WATERS", Science, V90, N2327, pp. 107-108 (Aug 1939).
  • David L. Webster, "PERCEPTUAL DISORIENTATION DURING LANDING OF AIRPLANE", Science, V92, N2400, pp. 603-604 (Dec 1940).
  • David L. Webster, "Forces on Ferromagnets through which Electrons are Moving", (Dec 1946).
  • Leonard T. Pockman, David L. Webster, Paul Kirkpatrick, and Keith Harworth, "The Probability of K Ionization of Nickel by Electrons as a Function of Their Energy", Physical Review, V71, N6, pp. 330-338 (Mar 1947).
  • David L. Webster, "Masses of Carriers in Conductors", Physical Review, V82, N6, pp. 808-809 (Jun 1956).
Persondata
NAME Webster, David Locke
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Webster, David
SHORT DESCRIPTION American Physicist
DATE OF BIRTH November 6, 1888
PLACE OF BIRTH Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DATE OF DEATH December 17, 1976
PLACE OF DEATH Palo Alto, California, U.S.
 
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