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Van Allen

name of radiation belts around the Earth (and certain other planets), 1959, from U.S. physicist James A. Van Allen (1914-2006), who reported them in 1958.

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Van Allen (n.)
United States physicist who discovered two belts of charged particles from the solar wind trapped by the Earth's magnetic field (born in 1914);
Synonyms: James Alfred Van Allen
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