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Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995-
Oral history interview with Eugene Paul Wigner, 1984 April 12.
Arrival at Princeton University, early 1931. Discusses some of his students, including Frederick Seitz, John Bardeen, Conyers Herring, Leonard Eisenbud. Describes how he offically became a physicist; Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Discusses friends and colleagues, including Edward Condon, Paul Dirac, and John Von Neumann. Also prominently mentioned are: Gregory Breit, Paul Ehrenfest, Ernst Pasqual Jordan; and University of Wisconsin.
Hungarian-born American physicist, Wigner worked in the early 1930s as a professor at the Technishe Hochschule in Berlin, where he studied the quantum mechanical interpretation of atomic spectra which resulted in the publication of his book GRUPPENTHEORIE UND IHRE ANWENDUNG AUF DIE QUANTENMECHANIK DER ATOMSPEKTREN (1931), later translated and published as GROUP THEORY (1951), now a classic in its field. He moved to the United States, where he became professor of mathematical physics at Princeton University from 1933-1937 and from 1937-1938 at the University of Wisconsin; he then returned to Princeton, where he worked until 1971, becoming professor emeritus. He died in 1995.
Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981-
Condon, Edward Uhler, 1902-1974.
Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984
Ehrenfest, Paul, 1880-1933.
Herring, William Conyers, 1914-
Jordan, Pascual, 1902-1980
Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957.
Princeton University.
Princeton University. Seely G. Mudd Library.
University of Wisconsin.
Physics -- History.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Bardeen, John.
Eisenbud, Leonard.
Aspray, William, interviewer.
Tucker, Albert W. (Albert William), 1905- interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA