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What is a gamma-electrical cell?

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A gamma-electrical cell is a device that uses nuclear radiation from isotopes and reactors and transforms it into electricity without the heat cycle. The result is a stable high-voltage output. Gamma-electrical cells seek to transform powerful radiation energy into safe, reliable energy sources.

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Dr. Henry T. Sampson invented and patented the gamma-electrical cell on July 6, 1971. Sampson is a nuclear physicist who possesses patents in inventions related to solid-rocket motors. Sampson was born in Jackson, Mississippi, where he attended Lanier High School. He went on to study at Morehouse College, Purdue University and UCLA, receiving his master's degree in Engineering in 1961. Henry Sampson finished his education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, acquiring his master's and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering.

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