William Rudolph Kanne


Ph.D., Physics, Johns Hopkins University - The Disintegration of Aluminum by Polonium α-Particles


1940 - 1944
Assistant Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology


William Kanne joined IIT as an Assistant Professor in 1940. He worked on Chicago Pile One with Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard, inventing the Kanne Chamber.[1] Kanne left IIT in 1944 for the Hanford Works [1-4] and later the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.[5] He has a number of patents in the area of nuclear power.[1-4]

Publications at IIT


[1] "Monitoring of Gas for Radioactivity", W.R. Kanne, U.S. Patent 2,599,922 (1952).
[2] "Monitoring Gas for Radioactive Xenon", W.R. Kanne, U.S. Patent 2,625,657 (1953).
[3] "Nuclear Reactor Slug Provided With Thermocouple", W.R. Kanne, U.S. Patent 2,856,341 (1958).
[4] "Thermal Couple for Measuring Temperature in a Reactor", W.R. Kanne, U.S. Patent 2,914,594 (1959).
[5] Book Review of "Introduction to Nuclear Engineering", W.R. Kanne, Journal of the American Chemical Society 77, 1394 (1955).