James Stratton Thompson (1899 - 1951)
- B.S., Physics,University of Chicago
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago - The Motion of Slow Positive Ions in Gases
- 1925 - 1930
- Physics Instructor, Armour Institute of Technology
- 1930 - 1931
- Assistant Professor of Physics, Armour Institute of Technology
- 1931 - 1934
- Associate Professor of Physics, Armour Institute of Technology
- 1934 - 1940
- Professor of Physics, Armour Institute of Technology
- Chairman of Physics Department, Armour Institute of Technology
- 1940 - 1951
- Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
- Chairman of Physics Department, Illinois Institute of Technology
James Stratton Thompson was born on November 13, 1899 in Bedford, Iowa, he
served as the second lieutenant in the field artillery during the first
world war. Thompson studied physics and mathematics at the University of
Chicago. where he received his bachelor's degree in 1923 and his Ph.D. in
1930. He was associated with Illinois Institute of Technology from 1924 and
served as chairman of the physics department for 17 years until his death in
Thompson was an expert on radium emanation and served as a consultant to the
F. E. Simpson Radium Institute in Chicago, making contributions on radium
treatment of diseases.
He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Xi, and Sigma Pi Sigma. He was
also on the publications committee, Chicago Area of Defense, and was a
fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. And was a
member of the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics
Teachers, American Association of University Professors, American Society
for Engineering Education, and the Chicago Physics Club.
He wrote the IIT General Physics Lab Manual.
Notable Publications at IIT
"A New Method of Producing Negative Ions", J.S. Thompson, Physical
Review 38, 1389 (1931).
"The Motion of Slow Positive Ions in Gases", J.S. Thompson, Physical
Review 35, 1196 (1930).
-  "James Stratton Thompson Obituary", Physics Today 4,
25 (September 1951).