Otto Klemperer (physicist)

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Otto Ernst Heinrich Klemperer (1899–1987[1]) was a physicist expert in electron optics. He was granted his doctorate by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 1923.[2] His thesis advisor was Hans Geiger.[2] He continued to work with Geiger in the 1930s.[3]

Klemperer was co-inventor in 1928 of the Geiger-Klemperer ball counter,[4] "the first major advance in the design of proportional counters".[5] During the 1930s, he worked at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge on discrepancies between Fermi's theory of β-decay and the observed radiation properties of rubidium and polonium.[3] He was later an Assistant Professor and Reader in Physics at Imperial College, London,[6] where he wrote the third edition of his book on electron optics with Mike Barnett.[7]

The conductor Otto Klemperer was his cousin.[8]


  • Klemperer, Otto; Barnett, M.E. (1971). Electron optics. Cambridge monographs on physics (3 ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-17973-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Klemperer, Otto (1972). Electron physics: the physics of the free electron. Butterworths.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Otto Klemperer at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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  5. Ryan, Michael T.; Poston, Sr., John W. (2006). A Half Century of Health Physics: 50th Anniversary of the Health Physics Society. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 106. ISBN 0-7817-6934-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Chambers, William (1973). Chambers's encyclopaedia. 5. International Learning Systems. p. xiii.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Smith, K. C. A.; B. C. Breton. "Sir Charles Oatley and the Scanning Electron Microscope: II. Research directed by W. C. Nixon". Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics. Elsevier. Retrieved 16 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Gay, Hannah (2007). "Imperial College during the Second World War". The history of Imperial College London, 1907-2007: higher education and research in science, technology and medicine. World Scientific. p. 261. ISBN 1-86094-709-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>