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1792 Birth of Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, after whom the Coriolis Effect is named
- 1921 Birth of Andrei Sakharov, the nuclear physicist who contributed to the largest thermonuclear weapon ever detonated - the 50MT Tsar Bomba - and who was later awarded the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize after working to halt nuclear testing
- 1946 A criticality accident occurs with a plutonium weapon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US; the resulting radiation kills physicist Louis Slotin
- 2010 A spacecraft driven by a solar sail is launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; it would fly past Venus a year later in the first successful demonstration of this means of propulsion between planets
- Institute of Physics Blog
The IOP blog highlights daily global physics news and features a closer look at some of the IOP's activities from outreach programmes and national and regional involvement to our international partnerships and interesting research developments.
- Teaching Advanced Physics
The Teaching Advanced Physics (TAP) website contains detailed ideas and resources for teaching physics to students aged 16-19.
- Winners of the Journal of Physics A Best Paper Prize announced
Congratulations to the winners of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical's Best Paper Prize 2012.
- Impact Factor success
The 2011 Impact Factors published by Thomson Reuters, once again show significant growth for many of the journals published by IOP Publishing.