(1904–90), Soviet physicist; full name Pavel Alekseevich Cherenkov. He investigated the effects of high-energy particles and discovered the cause of blue light (now called Cerenkov radiation) emitted by radioactive substances underwater. He shared the 1958 Nobel Prize for Physics with Ilja Mikhailovich Frank (1908–90) and Igor Yevgenyevich Tamm (1895–1971).
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