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Van Allen

[van al-uh n]
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noun
  1. James Alfred,1914–2006, U.S. physicist and space scientist.
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British Dictionary definitions for van allen

Van Allen

noun
  1. James Alfred. 1914–2006, US physicist, noted for his use of satellites to investigate cosmic radiation in the upper atmosphere
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Word Origin and History for van allen

Van Allen

name of radiation belts around the Earth (and certain other planets), 1939, from U.S. physicist James A. Van Allen (1914-2006), who reported them in 1958.

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