Compton

Compton
/komp"teuhn/, n.
1. Arthur Holly /hol"ee/, 1892-1962, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1927.
2. his brother, Karl Taylor /kahrl/, 1887-1954, U.S. physicist.
3. Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, 1673?-1743, British statesman: prime minister 1742-43.
4. a city in SW California. 81,286.

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(as used in expressions)
Compton Arthur Holly
Compton Burnett Dame Ivy
Crick Francis Harry Compton
Mackenzie Sir Edward Montague Compton

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      city, Los Angeles county, southwestern California, U.S. The tract was originally part of the Rancho San Pedro, a 1784 Spanish land grant. Founded as a Methodist colony in 1867 and named for G.D. Compton, a pioneer settler, it developed as a farming village. Following an earthquake (March 10, 1933), which severely damaged the business district, the city was extensively modernized. Portions of Compton were heavily vandalized during riots in April 1992. The predominantly African American city is now a residential suburb and market centre, surrounded by diversified industries. A community college was established in Compton in 1927. Inc. 1888. Pop. (1990) 90,454; (2000) 93,493.

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