Awards & Winners

Joseph John Thomson

Date of Birth 18-December-1856
Place of Birth Manchester
(United Kingdom, England)
Nationality United Kingdom
Also know as J.J. Thomson, J. J. Thomson, J. J. Thompson
Profession Physicist, Mathematician
Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson, OM, FRS was a British physicist. In 1897 Thomson showed that cathode rays were composed of a previously unknown negatively charged particle, and thus he is credited with the discovery and identification of the electron; and, in a broader sense, with the discovery of the first subatomic particle. Thomson is also credited with finding the first evidence for isotopes of a stable element in 1913, as part of his exploration into the composition of canal rays. He invented the mass spectrometer. Thomson was awarded the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the electron and for his work on the conduction of electricity in gases.

Awards by Joseph John Thomson

Check all the awards nominated and won by Joseph John Thomson.


Copley Medal
(On the ground of his discoveries in physical science.)


Nobel Prize in Physics
(in recognition of the great merits of his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gases.)


Hughes Medal
(For his numerous contributions to electric science, especially in reference to the phenomena of electric discharge in gases.)