mass spectrometry history, ms history, joseph john thomson, j.j. thomson, ernest rutherford, francis william aston


 

History of Mass Spectrometry - Pioneers

Mass spectrometry has a long and distinguished history spanning some 100 years. The articles below bring to life some of the field's early pioneers.

"There used to be many anecdotes about the Thomson-Rutherford-Aston trio.

Someone should write them down before they are forgotten"

Nobel Laureate Alan Lloyd Hodgkin

References:


Downard KM (2012) 1912 - A Titanic Year for Mass Spectrometry, J. Mass Spectrom., 47, 1034-1039. (cover article of August 2012 issue).  http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/jms.3071

Downard KM (2009) J.J. Thomson Goes to America, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom., 20, 1964-1973. (cover article of November 2009 issue)  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasms.2009.07.008

Downard KM (2007) Francis William Aston - The Man Behind the Mass Spectrograph, Eur. Mass Spectrom., 13, 177-190.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1255/ejms.878

Downard KM (2007) Cavendish's Crocodile and Dark Horse: The Lives of Rutherford and Aston in Parallel, Mass Spectrom. Rev., 26, 713-723.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mas.20145


Forthcoming articles (> Elsevier page)

 

Downard KM (2014) John Hamilton Bowie, Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry (Historical
Perspectives) Vol. 9 (eds. K. Nier and A. Yergey) Elsevier, Netherland, in press.


Downard KM (2014) Francis William Aston, Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry (Historical
Perspectives) Vol. 9 (eds. K. Nier and A. Yergey) Elsevier, Netherland, in press.

 

References relevant to Australia's Mass Spectrometry History:


Downard KM, deLaeter JR, (2005) A History of Mass Spectrometry in Australia, J. Mass
Spectrom
., 40: 1123-1139.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jms.911

Downard KM (2006) The Life and Travels to Australia of Francis Aston - Inventor of the Mass
Spectrograph, Chem. in Aust., 1/2: 17-20.

 


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