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Alvarez, Luis Walter

Date of birth:
June 13th, 1911 (San Francisco/California, United States)
Date of death:
September 1st, 1988 (Berkeley/California, United States)
American (1776 - present, Republic)


Dr. Alvarez is known for his work on the Atomic Bomb. He was a group leader in the bomb work in New Mexico, and flew in a B-29 as observer when the first one was dropped on Hiroshima. He survived a crash during World War II as a passenger in a Miles Master.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1946
"For the Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) which allowed radar operators to guide pilots to a safe landing in all weather conditions."

Presented by President Truman at the White House on 17 December 1946.
Robert J. Collier Trophy
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
Medal for Merit
Awarded on:
Awarded on:
“For his decisive contributions to elementary particle physics, in particular the discovery of a large number of resonance states, made possible through his development of the technique of using hydrogen bubble chamber and data analysis”