Robert B. Leighton

American astronomer

1919   -   1997

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: California Institute of Technology
occupation: physicist, astronomer
award received: Rumford Prize, Richtmyer Memorial Award

Robert Benjamin Leighton (; September 10, 1919 – March 9, 1997) was a prominent American experimental physicist who spent his professional career at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His work over the years spanned solid state physics, cosmic ray physics, the beginnings of modern particle physics, solar physics, the planets, infrared astronomy, and millimeter- and submillimeter-wave astronomy. In the latter four fields, his pioneering work opened up entirely new areas of research that subsequently developed into vigorous scientific communities.
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