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Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980
Oral history interview with J. H. Van Vleck, 1966 February 28 and 1973 January 19.
Developments in quantum mechanics, familiarity with the old quantum theory; Edwin C. Kemble is his thesis advisor at Harvard University, 1920-1922. Comparison of Harvard and University of Wisconsin; work and collaboration with graduate students and postdocs at Wisconsin. Research work in Europe, 1926 and after; high-frequency paramagnetism. Paramagnetic anisotropy. Teaching at University of Michigan, Stanford University, Columbia University, and Harvard University; 1930 Solvay Congress; discussions of research work and papers, 1920s-1940s; awareness of the development of solid state physics; Linus Pauling and the ligand field theory; teaching responsibilities. War work at the Radio Research Laboratory at Harvard as head of the Theory Group; the many duties on advising and reviewing committees during World War II. Chairman of Physics Department at Harvard, 1945-1949; chairmanships and other official functions during the 1950s, excitement of the renewed interest in ligand field theory (chemists); comments on personal interests.
Physicist. Died in 1980.
Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889-
Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994
Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980
Columbia University
Harvard University.
Harvard University. Radio Research Laboratory.
Stanford University.
University of Michigan.
University of Wisconsin--Madison.
Solvay Conference on Physics (1930).
Ligand field theory.
Physics -- Study and teaching.
Quantum theory.
Solid state physics.
Solid state physics -- History
Theoretical physics
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
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Interviews. aat
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Weiner, Charles interviewer.
Lubkin, Gloria interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA