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James Alfred Van Allen

James Alfred Van Allen

Male 1914 - 2006  (91 years)

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  • Name James Alfred Van Allen 
    Born 7 Sep 1914  Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Aug 2006  Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I95462  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2009 

    Father Alfred Morris Van Allen,   b. 1869, Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Alma E. Olney,   b. Abt 3 Aug 1884, prob, Dudley, Wapello, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F27347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail "Abbie" Fithian Halsey, II 
    Married Fall 1945 
    Children 
     1. Cynthia Van Allen,   b. of, , , New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Margot Van Allen, Dr.,   b. of, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sarah Van Allen,   b. of, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Thomas Van Allen,   b. of, Aspen, Pitkin, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Peter Van Allen,   b. of, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F40199  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Sep 1914 - Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Aug 2006 - Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa Link to Google Earth
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    James Alfred Van Allen (1914-2006)
    James Alfred Van Allen (1914-2006)
    Pioneering astrophysicist who discovered the Van Allen radiation belts.

  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Email from Cate Heneghan (email hidden) to the Whipple Website, 19 Nov 2004.

      !SOURCE: George H. Ludwig, "James Alfred Van Allen from High School to the Beginning of the Space Era: A Biographical Sketch," Prepared for Van Allen's 90th Birthday Celebration at the University of Iowa, 9 October 2004. On the Web at: http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/van90/VanAllenBio_LudwigOct2004.pdf

      !SOURCE: "What Is a Space Scientist? An Autobiographical Example," by James A. Van Allen (http://www-pi.physics.uiowa.edu/java/).

      !BIOGRAPHY: "James Van Allen is credited with discovering the Earth's magnetosphere and radiation belts. These belts are now called the Van Allen Radiation Belts. They explain the aurora borealis effect seen in the northern latitudes. Every physics student knows the name Van Allen." --C. Heneghan

      !CHILDREN: 5 children. --"What Is a Scientist?"

      !SOURCE: Obituary in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, 9 Aug 2006.

      !SOURCE: Voice of America News (http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-08-09-voa57.cfm), 9 Aug 2006. "The highlight of Van Allen's career was in the 1950s when instruments he designed and placed aboard the first U.S. satellite, Explorer One, discovered the bands of radiation surrounding the Earth. Those radiation belts were later named after Van Allen."


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