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David Bohm

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Dates

December 20, 1917 – October 27, 1992

Authorized Form of Name

Bohm, David, 1917-1992

Additional Forms of Names

Bohm, David

Biography

Abstract

David Bohm was a theoretical physicist, who contributed new ideas to quantum theory and neuropsychology including Bohm diffusion and holonomic brain theory. He worked at Berkeley Radiation Laboratory during the Manhattan Project and was well acquainted with J. Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein.

Important Dates

December 20, 1917Birth, Wilkes-Barre (Pa.).

1939Obtained BS, Pennsylvania State College (now Pennsylvania State University), State College (Pa.).

1943Obtained PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1943 – 1945Physicist, Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, Manhattan Project, Berkeley (Calif.).

1946 – 1951Assistant Professor of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1951 – 1955Professor of Physics, University of São Paulo (Universidade de São Paulo).

1955 – 1957Research Fellow, Technion (Tekhniyon).

1957 – 1961Research Fellow, University of Bristol.

1961 – 1987Professor of Theoretical Physics, Birkbeck College, London (England).

1990Elected Fellow, Royal Society.

October 27, 1992Death, London (England).

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

Wilkes-Barre (Pa.)

Undergraduate Education

State College (Pa.)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Berkeley (Calif.)

Princeton (N.J.)

London (England)

Death

London (England)

Subjects

Ionized gases.

Philosophy and science.

Quantum theory.

Quantum theory.

Special relativity (Physics).

Theoretical physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Aharonov, Yakir, 1932-

Discovered the Aharonov-Bohm effect for which they co-received the 1998 Wolf Prize.

Hiley, B. J. (Basil J.)

Hiley co-authored the book "The Undivided Universe" with David Bohm.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Ph.D. advisor at University of California, Berkeley.

Pines, David, 1924-

Advised by Bohm at Princeton University on the role of plasma oscillations in electron interactions.

Colleagues

Bargmann, V. (Valentine), 1908-1989

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bleakney, Walker, 1901-1992

Both employed at Princeton University.

Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Frieman, E. A.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990

Both employed at Princeton University.

Robertson, H. P. (Howard Percy), 1903-1961

Both employed at Princeton University.

Shenstone, A. G. (Allen Goodrich)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Smyth, Henry De Wolf, 1898-1986

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wightman, A. S. (Arthur Strong), 1922-2013

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Both employed at Princeton University.

Additional

Aller, Lawrence H. (Lawrence Hugh), 1913-2003

Bardeen, John

Biederman, Charles Joseph, 1906-2004

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Broglie, Louis de, 1892-1987

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Espagnat, Bernard d'

Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988

Ford, Kenneth William, 1926-

Franklin, Raoul N.

Hartley, Ralph Vinton Lyon, 1888-1970

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

Mullet, Shawn

Olwell, Russell B., 1969-

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958

Peat, F. David, 1938-

Petersen, Aage

Phillips, Melba, 1907-2004

Rosenfeld, L. (Leon), 1904-1974

Salpeter, Edwin E.

Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Sharpe, Kevin J.

Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002

Institutions

Major Positions

Birkbeck College

Professor of Theoretical Physics.

Lawrence Radiation Laboratory

Physicist, Manhattan Project.

Manhattan Project (U.S.)

Physicist, Berkeley Radiation Laboratory.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor of Physics.

Tekhniyon, Makhon tekhnologi le-Yisra'el. Fakultah le-fisikah

Research Fellow.

Universidade de São Paulo. Departamento de Física

Professor of Physics.

University of Bristol. Department of Physics

Research Fellow.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)

Pennsylvania State University. Department of Physics

Obtained BS in 1939.

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Fellow.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in 1943.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

David Bohm correspondence with Albert Einstein, 1945-1955.

Department of Manuscripts and Archives. Albert Einstein Archives

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jerusalem

David Bohm papers, 1933-1996.

Library

University of London, Birkbeck College

Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX

Oral history interview with David Bohm, 1981 May 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Bohm, 1986 June 6, 12, July 7, September 25, October 3, December 22, 1987 January 30, February 6, 27, March 6, April 3 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Aage Petersen collection of reprints and manuscripts, 1922-1976.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Allen Shenstone autobiography, 1962.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Leon Rosenfeld papers, 1911-1974.

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Oral history interview with Basil J. Hiley, 2008 January 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Bernard d'Espagnat, 2001 October 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Finkelstein, 2013 February 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Pines, 1981 April 13 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edwin Ernest Salpeter, 1978 March 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eugene Paul Wigner, 1981 January 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Kenneth W. Ford, 1997 November 15 and 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Lawrence H. Aller, 1979 August 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Louis de Broglie, 1963 January 7 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Melba Newell Phillips, 1977 December 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Melba Phillips, 1997 December 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Raoul N. Franklin, 2008 October 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Political Science: the red scare as the hidden variable in the Bohmian interpretation of quantum theory / by Shawn Mullet, 1999.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Princeton, David Bohm and the Cold War: A study in McCarthyism, 1990.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Ralph Vinton Lyon Hartley papers, 1920-1970.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Bohm-Biederman correspondence / David Bohm and Charles Biederman ; edited by Paavo Pylkkanen.

Causality and chance in modern physics. Foreword by Louis De Broglie.

Quanta and reality: a symposium.

Quantum implications : essays in honour of David Bohm / edited by B.J. Hiley, F. David Peat.

Quantum theory.

The special theory of relativity.

The undivided universe : an ontological interpretation of quantum theory / D. Bohm and B.J. Hiley.

Thought as a system / edited by David Bohm.

Unfolding meaning : a weekend of dialogue with David Bohm.

Wholeness and the implicate order / David Bohm.

Subject

"David Joseph Bohm," Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 43 (1997): 105-131

David Bohm's world : new physics and new religion / Kevin J. Sharpe.

David Joseph Bohm Physics Today obituary.

Infinite potential : the life and times of David Bohm / F. David Peat, with a new afterword by the author.