Cerenkov, Pavel Alekseevich (1904–1990)

Pavel Alekseevich Cerenkov

Pavel Cerenkov was a Russian physicist who, while working at the Institute of Physics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, discovered that light is emitted by charged particles traveling through media at speeds higher than the speed of light in those media. This type of light is now known as Cerenkov radiation. Cerenkov was awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physics with his co-workers, the Russian physicists I. M. Frank and I. Y. Tamm.