Georges Charpak

polish-born french physicist

Georges Charpak (August 1, 1924 – September 29, 2010) was a Polish-born French physicist of Jewish descent. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his invention and development of particle detectors, in particular the multiwire proportional chamber".[1]

Georges Charpak
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Born(1924-08-01)August 1, 1924
Died(2010-09-29)September 29, 2010
AwardsNobel Prize in Physics (1992)

Charpak was born in Dabrovica, Poland, now Ukraine. He moved to France when he was seven. During the war he was a member of the French Resistance and was imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp. He graduated École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris.

He died in Paris, France, at the age of 86.


  1. "Georges Charpak – Facts".