- Arthur Hol·ly [hol-ee] /ˈhɒl i/, 1892–1962, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1927.
- his brotherKarl Taylor [kahrl] /kɑrl/, 1887–1954, U.S. physicist.
- Spencer, Earl of Wilmington,1673?–1743, British statesman: prime minister 1742–43.
- a city in SW California.
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An N.W.A. biopic titled Straight Outta Compton will hit theaters across America in 2015.A Brief History of the Phrase 'F*ck the Police'
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His basketball team, the Riverside King, had just lost 68-60 to Compton Dominguez, and the 6-foot-7 forward dropped in 17 points.Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Is Named NBA Finals MVP on Father’s Day, Six Years After His Dad’s Murder
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The English grave he shares with his parents in Compton, Surrey, has been neglected.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
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In Compton, lives like that of their older sister Yetunde are lost in gunfire countless times a day.Understanding Serena Williams’s Steubenville Comments
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“Nothing ever happens to the officers,” said Paulette Simpson with the Compton NAACP.In Los Angeles, Questions of Police Brutality Dog LAPD
November 24, 2012
But no one had bolted the door, and, to the surprise of all, Mr. Compton stood before them.
I said I wanted to see Mr. Compton, and had got a letter for him.
To Ashton's relief the door opened, and Mr. Compton entered.
While Mr. Compton was reading the letter, I had leisure to look at him, and at his room.
He was an American by birth, but he had lived for many years in Compton County.The Hunted Outlaw
- (ˈkɒmptən) Arthur Holly. 1892–1962, US physicist, noted for his research on X-rays, gamma rays, and nuclear energy: Nobel prize for physics 1927
- (ˈkʌmptən) Denis . 1918–97, English cricketer, who played for Middlesex and England (1937–57); broke two records in 1947 scoring 3816 runs and 18 centuries in one season
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- American physicist who showed that when particles of light (called photons) collide with other particles, such as electrons, they lose energy and momentum and the light's wavelength increases. For his discovery of this phenomenon (which became known as the Compton effect) he shared the 1927 Nobel Prize for physics with Charles Wilson. He also discovered the electrical nature of cosmic rays.
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