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Cohen, Morrel H.
Oral history interview with Morrel H. Cohen, 1981 March 31 and June 5.
Education, decision to go into physics. Environment at the University of California, Berkeley in early 1950s, especially Charles Kittel's group; Charles Overhauser, et. al. At Berkeley as a graduate student after Charles Kittel's arrival, 1950, Kittel's development of the department (after the loyalty oath); focus on solid state physics, mainly resonance physics (ferromagnetic resonance, cyclotron resonance); University of Chicago and Berkeley relationship. Cohen at Chicago's Institute for the Study of Metals, from 1952. Discussion of the established Institutes for Basic Research: Institute for Nuclear Studies (Enrico Fermi); Institute for the Study of Metals (Cyril Smith, Andy Lawson, Stuart Rice); Low Temperature Laboratory (Earl Long). Contributions in resonance physics, semiconductor physics (Kittel, Cohen, Albert Overhauser, Carson D. Jeffries), superconducting alloys (Bernd T. Matthias and John Hulm); semi-metals, crystal structure, band structure; Fermi surface and Fermi theory of liquids; Clarence Zener anecdote; University of Chicago model of an interdisciplinary research institute for materials science; Lars Onsager's theory (1951) and its stimulating effect; Cohen's encounter with Brian Pippard; General Electric consultant (Walter A. Harrison, free electron model interpretation); James C. Phillip's critical point spectroscopy; Pippard and Eugene I. Blount "missed" the Fermi theory of liquids. Philosophical summarizing on declaring fields "closed," importance of young people in positions of responsibility. Also prominently mentioned are: Luis Alvarez, Chuck Barrett, Robert Dicke, Leopoldo Falicov, Arthur Kip, Lev Landau; and General Electric Company Research Laboratory.
Born 1927.
Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988-
Barrett, Chuck
Blount, Eugene I.
Cohen, Morrel H.
Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry)
Falicov, L. M. (Leopoldo Maximo), 1933-1995
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Harrison, Walter
Hulm, John
Jeffries, C. D., 1922-
Kip, Arthur Frederic
Kittel, Charles
Landau, L. D. (Lev Davidovich), 1908-1968.
Lawson, Andy
Long, Earl
Matthias, Bernd T., 1918-1980
Onsager, Lars, 1903-1976
Overhauser, Albert Warner, 1925-
Phillips, J. C.
Pippard, A. B.
Rice, Stuart
Smith, Cyril Stanley, 1903-
Zener, Clarence, 1905-
General Electric Company.
General Electric Company. Research Laboratory
Institutes for Basic Research
Low Temperature Physics Laboratory
University for the Study of Metals (University of Chicago)
University of Chicago. Institute for Nuclear Studies.
University of California, Berkeley.
Fermi surfaces.
Free electron theory of metals.
Materials science.
Physics -- Study and teaching.
Science -- Philosophy.
Solid state physics.
Solid state physics -- History
Spectrum analysis.
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Interviews. aat
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Transcripts. aat
Hoddeson, Lillian., interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA