Richardson, Robert Coleman

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Richardson, Robert Coleman (1937-) is an American physics professor. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in physics for discovering that a type of helium called helium-3 becomes a superfluid, a rare form of matter, at an extremely low temperature. Richardson shared the prize with his research partners, the American physicists David Morris Lee and Douglas Dean Osheroff. The group's discovery was an important contribution to science, not only to physics but also to such other areas as cosmology (the study of the structure and development of the universe) and the development of semiconductors, materials that conduct electric current and are often used in computers and other electronic devices.


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