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Margenau, Henry, 1901-1997
Oral history interview with Henry Margenau, 1964 May 6.
Early life and education in Germany; student years in U.S. and A.B., Midland College, 1924; M.Sc., University of Nebraska, 1927; Ph.D., Yale University, 1929. Discussion of change in interest from liberal arts to physics. Sterling Research Fellow in Germany working with Arnold Sommerfeld, Hans Bethe, Erwin Schrd̲inger, Max Born and Fritz London on electron theory of metals and Van der Waal's forces. Instructor, 1929-1930; Professor, Yale University beginning 1931; changes in physics curriculum and resistance to it by Leigh Page. Physics textbooks written by Margenau. Work at Yale during World War II, present work being done such as plasma physics, line broadening, philosophy of physics. Reminiscences of associates including Eugene Wigner, John Wheeler, Percy W. Bridgman. Extensive discussion of philosophical views, notably philosophy of science and historical methodolgy, and influences on these views.
Bethe, Hans A, (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005
Born, Max, 1882-1970
Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961.
London, Fritz, 1900-1954.
Margenau, Henry, 1901-1997
Page, Leigh
Schrd̲inger, Erwin, 1887-1961
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.
Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995-
Midland College (Tex.) -- Students
University of Nebraska -- Lincoln.
Yale University.
Physics -- Philosophy.
Plasma (Ionized gases)
Science -- Methodology.
Solid state physics.
Spectral line broadening.
Van der Waals forces.
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Interviews. aat
Sound recordings lcgft
Transcripts. aat
Lindsay, Robert Bruce, 1900- interviewer.
King, W. James. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA