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Physics at King's College, London : Prof. C. A. Coulson

Nature volume 159, page 632 (10 May 1947) | Download Citation



DR. C. A. COULSON, recently appointed to the University chair of theoretical physics at King's College, London, is among the foremost workers in Great Britain on the wave-mechanical side of quantum theory. Although Coulson's research papers cover a very wide range of interests (he collaborated with Lea and Haines in early work on the action of radiation on bacteria and has also made contributions to the theory of liquids and solutions), the great bulk of his published work deals with the application of wave-mechanics to the theory of molecular structure. It has been concerned both with the determination of accurate wave-functions for simple molecules and molecular ions and with the necessarily more approximate treatment of large organic molecules. An extensive series of papers in collaboration with W. E. Duncanson deals with the rather neglected field of momentum distribution functions and the related Compton-line profiles.

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